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Multi-day detour scheduled for I81 in Montgomery County Video included

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VDOT has announced a multi-day detour scheduled for I81 northbound in Montgomery County. This is part of a maintenance project to rehabilitate pavement between mile markers 121 and 125.The detour will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 6 and will be in place for 24 hours a day for eight days.Here's a look at the schedule.Daytime Detour (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.):One lane of northbound I81 will be open for tractor trailer traffic. All other traffic will be detoured onto Rt 11/460 at exit 118C in Christi... More>>

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  • What's News Today, Friday, April 18th

    What's News Today, Friday, April 18th

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-04-18 07:44:24 GMT
    The stories that will be making headlines today in Southwest Virginia and across the country.
    The stories that will be making headlines today in Southwest Virginia and across the country.
  • Operation Easter Bunny's kid organizer reflects on growth

    Operation Easter Bunny's kid organizer reflects on growth

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:40:03 GMT
    “Operation: Easter Bunny” is in its fifth year in Botetourt County. Last week we introduced you to the 10-year-old who is the brain child behind the effort. Sarah Hamblin will make her final delivery Friday morning to Eagle Rock Elementary School as part of "Operation: Easter Bunny." As her 5th year winds down she reflects on the growth she's seen. Sarah started this when she was just five. She's gotten pretty good a...
    “Operation: Easter Bunny” is in its fifth year in Botetourt County. Last week we introduced you to the 10-year-old who is the brain child behind the effort. Sarah Hamblin will make her final delivery Friday morning to Eagle Rock Elementary School as part of "Operation: Easter Bunny." As her 5th year winds down she reflects on the growth she's seen. Sarah started this when she was just five. She's gotten pretty good a...
  • WSLS investigates flaws in South Peak wall

    WSLS investigates flaws in South Peak wall

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:12:51 GMT
    After wall repairs this February, the South Peak construction site is a focus of many. WSLS viewers have raised concerns over cracks in the retaining wall. We wanted to find out if there is cause for concern. WSLS met with Virginia Western Dean and geologist John Anderson at the site to get his expert opinion. He says a crack over time can weaken the retaining wall. "The force of the material behind it pushing i...
    After wall repairs this February, the South Peak construction site is a focus of many. WSLS viewers have raised concerns over cracks in the retaining wall. We wanted to find out if there is cause for concern. WSLS met with Virginia Western Dean and geologist John Anderson at the site to get his expert opinion. He says a crack over time can weaken the retaining wall. "The force of the material behind it pushing i...
  • South Peak Engineer addresses crack on one of the walls

    South Peak Engineer addresses crack on one of the walls

    South Peak Engineer addresses crack on one of the walls

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:10:44 GMT
    One of the walls on the South Peak development may look like a crack but engineers say it's something else. It is two walls joined together providing support for the ground. However even though the terrace is intentional on another wall there is an unintentional fracture. The engineer of the project Michael Circeo says the crack has been there since they first worked on the wall. Since the walls are about 40 feet tall, cracks can happen because of sediment and distress.Circeo says even though...
    One of the walls on the South Peak development may look like a crack but engineers say it's something else. It is two walls joined together providing support for the ground. However even though the terrace is intentional on another wall there is an unintentional fracture. The engineer of the project Michael Circeo says the crack has been there since they first worked on the wall. Since the walls are about 40 feet tall, cracks can happen because of sediment and distress.Circeo says even though...
  • VCOM Makes a Difference

    VCOM Makes a Difference

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:29:56 GMT
    The economy and rural communities are benefiting from more than 10 years since the first class began at the VCOM in Blacksburg. According to research from National Center for Rural Health Works, the total
    The economy and rural communities are benefiting from more than 10 years since the first class began at the VCOM in Blacksburg. According to research from National Center for Rural Health Works, the total VCOM economic impact for Virginia from June 2011 to June 2012 was $119,971,273. Here's a break down $1,312,650 in visitor spending $35,842,137 in student spending $
  • Charges against Michael Heller dropped

    Charges against Michael Heller dropped

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:18:18 GMT
    Michael Heller had been charged with being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Virginia Tech student Samanata Shrestha. At a court hearing in the New River Valley today, the charges against him were dropped .Charges are still pending against Virginia tech student Jessica Ewing and graduate Keifer Brown in the case.CLICK HERE FOR EARLIER COVERAGE
    Michael Heller had been charged with being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Virginia Tech student Samanata Shrestha. At a court hearing in the New River Valley today, the charges against him were dropped .Charges are still pending against Virginia tech student Jessica Ewing and graduate Keifer Brown in the case.CLICK HERE FOR EARLIER COVERAGE
  • Sex offender arrested after being found at child day care center

    Sex offender arrested after being found at child day care center

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:30:22 GMT
    A man whose record indicates he's a violent sex offender, has been arrested after being found at Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.Police say James Marion Floyd the 4th has been charged with being present on the property of a child day care center during business hours, and with two counts of failing to register his address as a violent sex offender. Police arrested him on Tuesday.Shining Star Family Center is a religious-based child care facility that also offers dance lessons an...
    A man whose record indicates he's a violent sex offender, has been arrested after being found at Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.Police say James Marion Floyd the 4th has been charged with being present on the property of a child day care center during business hours, and with two counts of failing to register his address as a violent sex offender. Police arrested him on Tuesday.Shining Star Family Center is a religious-based child care facility that also offers dance lessons an...
  • Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance Events

    Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance Events

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:12:28 GMT
    Virginia Tech is remembering those who died 7 years ago.The day started with the lighting of the ceremonial candle at midnight. On Wednesday morning several people went onto the Drillfield and participated in the community picnic, others silently andpaid their respects at the memorial and others sat watched videos and pictures of events after the incident. Some decided to give back to their community in honor of the 32 who died. "I felt like this was a great way to um serve and also in rememb...
    Virginia Tech is remembering those who died 7 years ago.The day started with the lighting of the ceremonial candle at midnight. On Wednesday morning several people went onto the Drillfield and participated in the community picnic, others silently andpaid their respects at the memorial and others sat watched videos and pictures of events after the incident. Some decided to give back to their community in honor of the 32 who died. "I felt like this was a great way to um serve and also in rememb...
  • Roanoke County Schools job fair

    Roanoke County Schools job fair

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:05:49 GMT
    Roanoke County Schools is holding a job fair hiring for school bus drivers and aides, cafeteria staff and school nurses. The biggest need is bus drivers although they wouldn't say how many positions
    Roanoke County Schools is holding a job fair hiring for school bus drivers and aides, cafeteria staff and school nurses. The biggest need is bus drivers although they wouldn't say how many positions they are hiring for. In the first two hours of the job fair they had more than 30 people stop by. The job fair ends at 7 p.m. And is at the central office (5937 Cove Road)
  • Transitional Living Center to celebrate 25 years of service

    Transitional Living Center to celebrate 25 years of service

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:26 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:26:00 GMT
    Over the last 25 years, the Transitional Living Center has provided thousands of homeless people with temporary shelter while they look for work and a permanent home.
    Over the last 25 years, the Transitional Living Center has provided thousands of homeless people with temporary shelter while they look for work and a permanent home.

  • UPDATE: Sheryl Crow tickets sell out for Elmwood Park concert

    UPDATE: Sheryl Crow tickets sell out for Elmwood Park concert

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:17:32 GMT
    Tickets are on sale today for Sheryl Crowe's performance at Elmwood Park. Tickets are $15 at the Jefferson Center or online.
    Tickets are on sale today for Sheryl Crowe's performance at Elmwood Park. Tickets are $15 at the Jefferson Center or online.
  • Audible Egg Hunt coming to the Roanoke Valley this weekend

    Audible Egg Hunt coming to the Roanoke Valley this weekend

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-04-17 10:41:07 GMT
    The kids will hunt for beeping eggs developed by the Virginia State Police, a unique twist on a popular holiday tradition.
    The kids will hunt for beeping eggs developed by the Virginia State Police, a unique twist on a popular holiday tradition.
  • What's News Today, Thursday, April 17th

    What's News Today, Thursday, April 17th

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:16 AM EDT2014-04-17 10:16:44 GMT
    The stories that will be making headlines today in Southwest Virginia and across the country.
    The stories that will be making headlines today in Southwest Virginia and across the country.
  • Actor Kevin Costner stops in for a cheeseburger in downtown Roanoke

    Actor Kevin Costner stops in for a cheeseburger in downtown Roanoke

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:22 AM EDT2014-04-17 08:22:24 GMT
    People at a popular Roanoke eatery got quite the surprise visit on Wednesday. Actor Kevin Costner stopped in for a quick bite to eat at the Texas Tavern. Cooks at the tavern said Costner sat on stool number 10 near the end of the bar and ordered a large cheeseburger with everything on it, hot dog chili and a lemonade. Texas Tavern cook, Randy Dodd, spoke with the actor. He said Costner signed hid hat and even signed an autograph for Dodd's wife Vicky. Roanoke Police Officer Tim Donathan gave ...
    People at a popular Roanoke eatery got quite the surprise visit on Wednesday. Actor Kevin Costner stopped in for a quick bite to eat at the Texas Tavern. Cooks at the tavern said Costner sat on stool number 10 near the end of the bar and ordered a large cheeseburger with everything on it, hot dog chili and a lemonade. Texas Tavern cook, Randy Dodd, spoke with the actor. He said Costner signed hid hat and even signed an autograph for Dodd's wife Vicky. Roanoke Police Officer Tim Donathan gave ...
  • Christiansburg mall shooter comments on mental health issues

    Christiansburg mall shooter comments on mental health issues

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:17 AM EDT2014-04-17 07:17:32 GMT
    The man who shot two women at the New River Community College Campus' plead guilty to four felonies on Wednesday.The Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney showed four videos in court that Neil MacInnis made of himself. In the video he compared himself to the shooters at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Aurora.MacInnis said in one video, "If people like us can get them {referring to a gun}, we need more protection." He also talked about his plan to bring a gun to the New River Community Colle...
    The man who shot two women at the New River Community College Campus' plead guilty to four felonies on Wednesday.The Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney showed four videos in court that Neil MacInnis made of himself. In the video he compared himself to the shooters at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Aurora.MacInnis said in one video, "If people like us can get them {referring to a gun}, we need more protection." He also talked about his plan to bring a gun to the New River Community Colle...
  • Roanoke County Names Teacher of the Year

    Roanoke County Names Teacher of the Year

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:38:04 GMT
    Dana Hoos gets her first look at her new wheels.Dana Hoos gets her first look at her new wheels.
    Roanoke County tonightawarded Mount Pleasant Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Dana Hoos the winner of the Golden Apple Award, the highest honor presented by the Roanoke County Education Foundation. Immediately after winning the award, which includes $3,000 and the use of a brand new Hyundai Sonata for a year, courtest of First Team, Hoos told WSLS anchor John Carlin, emcee for the event, "It's the first time I've won anything since I won some fudge sauce for some ice cream when I was ten...
    Roanoke County tonightawarded Mount Pleasant Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Dana Hoos the winner of the Golden Apple Award, the highest honor presented by the Roanoke County Education Foundation. Immediately after winning the award, which includes $3,000 and the use of a brand new Hyundai Sonata for a year, courtest of First Team, Hoos told WSLS anchor John Carlin, emcee for the event, "It's the first time I've won anything since I won some fudge sauce for some ice cream when I was ten...
  • Urban communities work to address fresh food shortage

    Urban communities work to address fresh food shortage

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:00:30 GMT
    This week the first ever "Virginia Urban Agriculture" summit took place in Lynchburg. State and local leaders came together to discuss among other things food safety, nutrition and the need for better access to fresh foods in urban communities. Throughout the commonwealth, growers have identified food deserts where convenient stores, not grocery stores, are the only access people have to food. Some believe urban farms and community gardens are a way to bring fresh foods to families and improv...
    This week the first ever "Virginia Urban Agriculture" summit took place in Lynchburg. State and local leaders came together to discuss among other things food safety, nutrition and the need for better access to fresh foods in urban communities. Throughout the commonwealth, growers have identified food deserts where convenient stores, not grocery stores, are the only access people have to food. Some believe urban farms and community gardens are a way to bring fresh foods to families and improv...
  • Solarize Blacksburg campaign getting strong response

    Solarize Blacksburg campaign getting strong response

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:50:44 GMT
    BLACKSBURG - People in Blacksburg are responding to the Solarize Blacksburg program, which was launched last month.The goal was to double the number of solarized homes in town by getting 70 people to sign the contract.So far, almost 300 people have signed up to have their homes assessed for a solar unit.A look back to the launch:http://www.wsls.com/story/24889220/solarize-blacksburg-set-to-launch-wednesday-afternoonThe program's organizers say this interest is fueled not only by long-term en...
    BLACKSBURG - People in Blacksburg are responding to the Solarize Blacksburg program, which was launched last month.The goal was to double the number of solarized homes in town by getting 70 people to sign the contract.So far, almost 300 people have signed up to have their homes assessed for a solar unit.A look back to the launch:http://www.wsls.com/story/24889220/solarize-blacksburg-set-to-launch-wednesday-afternoonThe program's organizers say this interest is fueled not only by long-term en...
  • Roanoke Police say crime is down

    Roanoke Police say crime is down

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:36:05 GMT
    Roanoke Police say crime is down since the department reorganization on January 7th. Overall crime is down 12.75% from January 7-March 6, 2014 compared to the same time period in 2013. -Burglary has
    Roanoke Police say crime is down since the department reorganization on January 7th. Overall crime is down 12.75% from January 7-March 6, 2014 compared to the same time period in 2013. -Burglary has dropped 32% (95 cases down to 65) -larceny dropped 9% (527 cases down to 479) -rape dropped 66% (9 cases to 3 cases) -aggravated assault increased 23% (22 cases up to
  • Healing Strides of Virginia needs volunteers

    Healing Strides of Virginia needs volunteers

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:21:59 GMT
    Healing Strides of Virginia helps people with physical and mental needs using horse lessons and right now they have plenty of horses they're just short on volunteers. For the past five years they've built the number of student riders up to 125 and some lessons require up to five volunteers at a time. Nicki Breedlove started volunteering here after her autistic daughter came to summer camp. She says volunteers get to ...
    Healing Strides of Virginia helps people with physical and mental needs using horse lessons and right now they have plenty of horses they're just short on volunteers. For the past five years they've built the number of student riders up to 125 and some lessons require up to five volunteers at a time. Nicki Breedlove started volunteering here after her autistic daughter came to summer camp. She says volunteers get to ...
  • Vinton's PharMerica agrees to $218,283 settlement in drug case

    Vinton's PharMerica agrees to $218,283 settlement in drug case

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:41 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:41:15 GMT
    PharMerica Corporation, a Vinton company that fills prescriptions ofr patients in long-term care facilities, as reached a civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The company was accused of 228 violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).A news release by U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy said a DEA Diversion Task Force looked at schedule II prescriptions filled by the Vinton pharmacy. From May 2008 to July 2009, investigators found 228 violations.Heaphy stated"we must do all we can...
    PharMerica Corporation, a Vinton company that fills prescriptions ofr patients in long-term care facilities, as reached a civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The company was accused of 228 violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).A news release by U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy said a DEA Diversion Task Force looked at schedule II prescriptions filled by the Vinton pharmacy. From May 2008 to July 2009, investigators found 228 violations.Heaphy stated"we must do all we can...
  • Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office investigates burglary at country club

    Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office investigates burglary at country club

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:16:02 GMT
    Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary of the Boonsboro Country Club.
    Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary of the Boonsboro Country Club.
  • Roanoke Valley getting courthouse dog

    Roanoke Valley getting courthouse dog

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:25:03 GMT
    A courthouse facility dog will be joining the Children's Trust staff to assist children and their families during the investigation ad prosecution of crimes. This is Molly who has the same training as
    A courthouse facility dog will be joining the Children's Trust staff to assist children and their families during the investigation ad prosecution of crimes. This is Molly who has the same training as a service dog but she is a facility dog. Currently there are 60 courthouse dogs working in 23 states. Children's Trust is hopeful to have a dog placed with them in the up
  • Roanoke County arrest man after burglary attempt

    Roanoke County arrest man after burglary attempt

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:11:18 GMT
    Roanoke Police have charged a man with burglary, robbery and malicious wounding.On Tuesday night, Roanoke County Police responded to a call about a burglary in progress. Once they got to the residence on View Avenue, police found two men holding a third man on the floor. That man, Zachary Adam Phoenixwas arrested and charged with Malicious Wounding, Burglary while Armed with a Deadly Weapon, and Robbery. Phoenix, 25, of Franklin County, is being hedl at the Roanoke County Jail without bond.
    Roanoke Police have charged a man with burglary, robbery and malicious wounding.On Tuesday night, Roanoke County Police responded to a call about a burglary in progress. Once they got to the residence on View Avenue, police found two men holding a third man on the floor. That man, Zachary Adam Phoenixwas arrested and charged with Malicious Wounding, Burglary while Armed with a Deadly Weapon, and Robbery. Phoenix, 25, of Franklin County, is being hedl at the Roanoke County Jail without bond.
  • UPDATE: Neil MacInnis enters guilty plea

    UPDATE: Neil MacInnis enters guilty plea

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:57 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:57:25 GMT
    Neil MacInnis is facing several charges for opening fire at New River Community College in Christiansburg last year. Two women were hurt.
    Neil MacInnis is facing several charges for opening fire at New River Community College in Christiansburg last year. Two women were hurt.
  • Virginia Tech to host Remembrance Day events

    Virginia Tech to host Remembrance Day events

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:27:06 GMT
    April 16th Memorial at Virginia TechApril 16th Memorial at Virginia Tech
    The University and students continue to plan remembrance events to honor the 32 that were lost.
    The University and students continue to plan remembrance events to honor the 32 that were lost.
  • Roanoke runners honor Boston marathon victims, Police prepare for Blue Ridge race

    Roanoke runners honor Boston marathon victims, Police prepare for Blue Ridge race

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:02:35 GMT
    The running community is traditionally a close knit community. When tragedies occur like the Boston Marathon Bombings, runners take it personally. This week, the usual Tuesday night Fleet Feet Pub Run in roanoke started differently as athletes recognized those who lost their lives in the Boston Marathon Bombings. "This is something that has certainly bonded people together" said Lisa Nielsen, Fleet Feet runner. "I know a lot of people ran our marathon in Roanoke last year because of what happ...
    The running community is traditionally a close knit community. When tragedies occur like the Boston Marathon Bombings, runners take it personally. This week, the usual Tuesday night Fleet Feet Pub Run in roanoke started differently as athletes recognized those who lost their lives in the Boston Marathon Bombings. "This is something that has certainly bonded people together" said Lisa Nielsen, Fleet Feet runner. "I know a lot of people ran our marathon in Roanoke last year because of what happ...
  • Bedford Water Authority looking to raise rates by 14 percent

    Bedford Water Authority looking to raise rates by 14 percent

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:01 AM EDT2014-04-16 11:01:48 GMT
    The Bedford Regional Water Authority announced it will look to raise water and sewer rates for customers by 14 percent.The water authority said the average customer using 4,000 gallons per month will pay an extra $3 per month for water and $4 per month for sewer.
    The Bedford Regional Water Authority announced it will look to raise water and sewer rates for customers by 14 percent.The water authority said the average customer using 4,000 gallons per month will pay an extra $3 per month for water and $4 per month for sewer.
  • What's News Today, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    What's News Today, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:32 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:32:45 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
  • Time capsule retrieved at Huff Lane site.

    Time capsule retrieved at Huff Lane site.

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:21:27 GMT
    Last week, construction crews retrieved a time capsule from the old Huff Lane Elementary School. Some of the items found include newspaper articles from the year 1950.
    Last week, construction crews retrieved a time capsule from the old Huff Lane Elementary School. Some of the items found include newspaper articles from the year 1950.
  • Roanoke mothers work together to stop sexual violence

    Roanoke mothers work together to stop sexual violence

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:12:54 GMT
    Lisa Cowling and Morgan Harrington work together.Lisa Cowling and Morgan Harrington work together.
    Both Lisa Cowling and Gil Harrington spoke at the Take Back the Night event at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Cowling's daughter Cara Holley was raped and murdered in Roanoke in July of 2010. Harrington's daughter Morgan was raped and murdered in October of 2009 in Charlottesville.
    Both Lisa Cowling and Gil Harrington spoke at the Take Back the Night event at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Cowling's daughter Cara Holley was raped and murdered in Roanoke in July of 2010. Harrington's daughter Morgan was raped and murdered in October of 2009 in Charlottesville.
  • Pulaski father indicted for capital murder of infant son

    Pulaski father indicted for capital murder of infant son

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:02:03 GMT
    Corey ColeCorey Cole
    Howard Samuel Cole has been charged with the capital murder and illegal disposal of a body.Hisson Corey Cole was found dead in the woods in Pulaski.
    Howard Samuel Cole has been charged with the capital murder and illegal disposal of a body.Hisson Corey Cole was found dead in the woods in Pulaski.
  • Tattoo fundraiser to give money to Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center

    Tattoo fundraiser to give money to Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:25:44 GMT
    People do some wild things for charity, but what about getting a tattoo. "Ink 4 Autism" is a worldwide event going on in the month of April and one local studio is taking part. Asylum studios will tattoo for a cause this Friday and Saturday. Manager, Tamar Boland, shows us some autism awareness designs in this book. "Ink 4 Autism" is raising money for Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. It's not every day peopl...
    People do some wild things for charity, but what about getting a tattoo. "Ink 4 Autism" is a worldwide event going on in the month of April and one local studio is taking part. Asylum studios will tattoo for a cause this Friday and Saturday. Manager, Tamar Boland, shows us some autism awareness designs in this book. "Ink 4 Autism" is raising money for Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. It's not every day peopl...
  • Roanoke City Council member appointed to Virginia Parole Board

    Roanoke City Council member appointed to Virginia Parole Board

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:51:23 GMT
     Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed council member Sherman Lea. 
     Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed council member Sherman Lea. 
  • Virginia Tech remembers April 16th with an art exhibition

    Virginia Tech remembers April 16th with an art exhibition

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:12:30 GMT
    BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech remembers the tragedy of April 16th, 2007, with an art exhibition called "Then and Now." The display features condolence items that were sent to the school or left behind after the shootings and audio and video footage of the aftermath. The library's special collections department is responsible for the nearly 500 feet of material, and they hope to keep it available for many future generations to see.The display will be open in the first floor of Newman Library unti...
    BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech remembers the tragedy of April 16th, 2007, with an art exhibition called "Then and Now." The display features condolence items that were sent to the school or left behind after the shootings and audio and video footage of the aftermath. The library's special collections department is responsible for the nearly 500 feet of material, and they hope to keep it available for many future generations to see.The display will be open in the first floor of Newman Library unti...
  • Deadly pig virus hits Virginia

    Deadly pig virus hits Virginia

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:08:35 GMT
    BLACKSBURG - A virus thathasnever been seen before in theU.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and that ispushing up pork prices by 10 percent or more. Scientists believe the virus Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea came from China, but they do not know how it got into the U.S. Last week, Virginia had its first confirmed case. Scientists are working on a vaccine, but so far, they have not been able to stop the spread. Kevin Pelzer with the Virginia Tech veterinary school says...
    BLACKSBURG - A virus thathasnever been seen before in theU.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and that ispushing up pork prices by 10 percent or more. Scientists believe the virus Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea came from China, but they do not know how it got into the U.S. Last week, Virginia had its first confirmed case. Scientists are working on a vaccine, but so far, they have not been able to stop the spread. Kevin Pelzer with the Virginia Tech veterinary school says...
  • Tractor trailer fire on I-81S slows traffic

    Tractor trailer fire on I-81S slows traffic

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:14:06 GMT
    Photo from Ginny SmithPhoto from Ginny Smith
    A tractor trailer caught on fire on I-81 South near mile marker 158, between the Buchanan and Troutville exits. VA511.org says traffic was backed up as much as 3 miles. The south left and right lanes were closed as of 3PM.Thanks to viewer Ginny Smith for the photo.
    A tractor trailer caught on fire on I-81 South near mile marker 158, between the Buchanan and Troutville exits. VA511.org says traffic was backed up as much as 3 miles. The south left and right lanes were closed as of 3PM.Thanks to viewer Ginny Smith for the photo.
  • McAuliffe to speak at Virginia Tech commencement

    McAuliffe to speak at Virginia Tech commencement

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:55:00 GMT
    A spokesperson with the governor's office tells us that Governor Terry McAuliffe will be the spring commencement speaker at Virginia Tech this year. That will take place next month at Lane Stadium -- on Friday, May 16th, with a morning ceremony at 9 a.m.
    A spokesperson with the governor's office tells us that Governor Terry McAuliffe will be the spring commencement speaker at Virginia Tech this year. That will take place next month at Lane Stadium -- on Friday, May 16th, with a morning ceremony at 9 a.m.
  • 10 Roanoke City Council candidates meet for the first time today

    10 Roanoke City Council candidates meet for the first time today

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:50:25 GMT
    The Williamson Road Area Business Association will host a candidate forum today just three weeks before the election.
    The Williamson Road Area Business Association will host a candidate forum today just three weeks before the election.
  • Missing Spotsylvania man found, safe

    Missing Spotsylvania man found, safe

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:30:21 GMT
    A man listed as missing from Spotsylvania County may be in the Lynchburg area. Lynchburg police say a man was spotted near the Fresh Market in Lynchburg in a burgundy 2006 Nisson pickup with Texas tags. Their news release said the man "had an apparent injury". The truck and the tags match those reported in a Spotsylvania missing persons case. Police in Spotsylvania Co. say Jess Edward Gratehouse has been missing since 11AM Monday.Gratehouse is believed to suffer from dementia. If you have inf...
    A man listed as missing from Spotsylvania County may be in the Lynchburg area. Lynchburg police say a man was spotted near the Fresh Market in Lynchburg in a burgundy 2006 Nisson pickup with Texas tags. Their news release said the man "had an apparent injury". The truck and the tags match those reported in a Spotsylvania missing persons case. Police in Spotsylvania Co. say Jess Edward Gratehouse has been missing since 11AM Monday.Gratehouse is believed to suffer from dementia. If you have inf...
  • Healthy Roanoke Valley Making Progress

    Healthy Roanoke Valley Making Progress

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:58:13 GMT
    Healthy Roanoke Valley has a new look to go along with the same healthy mission to make change happen. There are 57 different community groups working together to fill the gaps in health care across the Roanoke Valley including Carilion Clinic, Roanoke Valley United Way, Salem VA, LewisGale Medical Center. "We have really started to become what is recognized as a force for change. We have been able to pull a lot of stakeholders together they're working on shared strategies and goals. The en...
    Healthy Roanoke Valley has a new look to go along with the same healthy mission to make change happen. There are 57 different community groups working together to fill the gaps in health care across the Roanoke Valley including Carilion Clinic, Roanoke Valley United Way, Salem VA, LewisGale Medical Center. "We have really started to become what is recognized as a force for change. We have been able to pull a lot of stakeholders together they're working on shared strategies and goals. The en...
  • Roanoke Co. Police search for credit card fraud suspects

    Roanoke Co. Police search for credit card fraud suspects

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:43:03 GMT
    Roanoke County Police say the two suspects are using stolen card numbers to buy gift cards and other items.
    Roanoke County Police say the two suspects are using stolen card numbers to buy gift cards and other items.
  • Roanoke City Police investigates armed robbery

    Roanoke City Police investigates armed robbery

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:43:33 GMT
    Roanoke City Police are investigating an armed robbery at Check Into Cash, which is located at Valley View Boulevard.
    Roanoke City Police are investigating an armed robbery at Check Into Cash, which is located at Valley View Boulevard.
  • Urban camping Roanoke launches for summer festivals

    Urban camping Roanoke launches for summer festivals

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:53:39 GMT
    Urban Camping is making its way to downtown Roanoke this summer with the festivals taking place.There will be a designated lot on 699 Williamson Road SE next to Elmwood Park.People can bring their RV, 5th wheeler, or camper/pop-up on some major festival weekends. There are no hook-ups but there will be onsite staff, trash pick up, and a gathering tent/fire-pit.So far the designated dates include April 25 and 27.An RV weekend pass is $50 and a camper weekend pass is $40.One of the organizers, ...
    Urban Camping is making its way to downtown Roanoke this summer with the festivals taking place.There will be a designated lot on 699 Williamson Road SE next to Elmwood Park.People can bring their RV, 5th wheeler, or camper/pop-up on some major festival weekends. There are no hook-ups but there will be onsite staff, trash pick up, and a gathering tent/fire-pit.So far the designated dates include April 25 and 27.An RV weekend pass is $50 and a camper weekend pass is $40.One of the organizers, ...
  • Blacksburg company Fitnet secures $1.4 in venture financing

    Blacksburg company Fitnet secures $1.4 in venture financing

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:00:43 GMT
    The Fitnet Corporation developed the first-ever mobile fitness training app called Fitnet. The app uses a webcam to help clients with workouts led by real personal trainers.
    The Fitnet Corporation developed the first-ever mobile fitness training app called Fitnet. The app uses a webcam to help clients with workouts led by real personal trainers.
  • Major renovations underway at Natural Bridge

    Major renovations underway at Natural Bridge

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:31:28 GMT
    The jewel of Rockbridge County, natural bridge continues renovations after re-opening last month for Saint Patrick's day weekend.New hiking trails on the property, as well as upgraded internet service and plumbing are just a few of the updates people can look forward to with more construction underway. General Manager Richard Dane says the first phase of the renovation will cost around $4 million. "The natural bridge ...
    The jewel of Rockbridge County, natural bridge continues renovations after re-opening last month for Saint Patrick's day weekend.New hiking trails on the property, as well as upgraded internet service and plumbing are just a few of the updates people can look forward to with more construction underway. General Manager Richard Dane says the first phase of the renovation will cost around $4 million. "The natural bridge ...
  • The View Looks Goode for Alpacas in Bedford County

    The View Looks Goode for Alpacas in Bedford County

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:32:30 GMT
    Animals at A Goode View Alpaca Farm are now ready for spring now. Today is shearing day and in a matter of hours all fifteen animals have a new haircut that suits them much better for the season.
    Animals at A Goode View Alpaca Farm are now ready for spring now. Today is shearing day and in a matter of hours all fifteen animals have a new haircut that suits them much better for the season.
  • Tips for last minute tax filers

    Tips for last minute tax filers

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:36 AM EDT2014-04-15 11:36:18 GMT
    If you haven't filed your taxes yet you're less than 24 hours from being late. The agency is reminding taxpayers to review their tax returns for common errors that could delay the processing of their returns.
    If you haven't filed your taxes yet you're less than 24 hours from being late. The agency is reminding taxpayers to review their tax returns for common errors that could delay the processing of their returns.
  • What's News Today, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    What's News Today, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:37 AM EDT2014-04-15 10:37:58 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
  • Roanoke Police Gives All and Now Community Gives Back

    Roanoke Police Gives All and Now Community Gives Back

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:30:03 GMT
    While Roanoke Police are out on the front lines serving and protecting in the star city the community is giving back to an officer who went beyond the call of duty. Officer Lin Manning got married today. Police say he's been working for decades and this is his third time battling cancer. Now Manning is unable to work so one hundred people came out to "Booker T . Washington Park to jog and raise money for him. "To have the community come back and give back lin never asked for nothing lin didn...
    While Roanoke Police are out on the front lines serving and protecting in the star city the community is giving back to an officer who went beyond the call of duty. Officer Lin Manning got married today. Police say he's been working for decades and this is his third time battling cancer. Now Manning is unable to work so one hundred people came out to "Booker T . Washington Park to jog and raise money for him. "To have the community come back and give back lin never asked for nothing lin didn...
  • Traffic accident on I-581 South

    Traffic accident on I-581 South

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:26:14 GMT
    An accident on 581 is causing major delays on 581 south. The wreck is near Downtown Roanoke. Traffic cancongestion has backed up all the wayto Valley View Mall.
    An accident on 581 is causing major delays on 581 south. The wreck is near Downtown Roanoke. Traffic cancongestion has backed up all the wayto Valley View Mall.
  • Virginia Tech catering employee arrested on forgery charges

    Virginia Tech catering employee arrested on forgery charges

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:16:44 GMT
    BLACKSBURG - A catering services employee at Virginia Tech faces charges after police say he forged employee meal tickets.22-year-old Edward Crook II is charged with six counts of forgery and one count of felony embezzlement.Virginia Tech police officers say Crook forged the signature of a former supervisor to get more than 130 free meal tickets. That cost the university dining services around $1,000.
    BLACKSBURG - A catering services employee at Virginia Tech faces charges after police say he forged employee meal tickets.22-year-old Edward Crook II is charged with six counts of forgery and one count of felony embezzlement.Virginia Tech police officers say Crook forged the signature of a former supervisor to get more than 130 free meal tickets. That cost the university dining services around $1,000.
  • Sinkland Farms expanding thanks to agritourism growth

    Sinkland Farms expanding thanks to agritourism growth

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:50:55 GMT
    CHRISTIANSBURG - Sinkland Farms is expanding in the New River Valley thanks to the growth of agritourism in the area.Located near Christiansburg, it will open a new 5,000 square-foot multi-purpose facility in just a few weeks.The Sink family broadened the farm's operations more than 20 years ago to include agritourism elements like hosting pumpkin festivals and weddings as a way to stay on their feet. Today, they bring in tens of thousands of people each year with these events, and they say...
    CHRISTIANSBURG - Sinkland Farms is expanding in the New River Valley thanks to the growth of agritourism in the area.Located near Christiansburg, it will open a new 5,000 square-foot multi-purpose facility in just a few weeks.The Sink family broadened the farm's operations more than 20 years ago to include agritourism elements like hosting pumpkin festivals and weddings as a way to stay on their feet. Today, they bring in tens of thousands of people each year with these events, and they say...
  • Alleghany County School Board recognizes teacher of the year fighting cancer

    Alleghany County School Board recognizes teacher of the year fighting cancer

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:25:03 GMT
    The Alleghany County School Board will recognize the 2014 "Teacher of the Year" at Monday night’s meeting and the veteran teacher received the honor despite being in the fight for her life. Renee Warren has taught kindergarten at Sharon Elementary School for 33 years. Back in September, over Labor Day weekend, she learned she had stage three breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy she was back in the clas...
    The Alleghany County School Board will recognize the 2014 "Teacher of the Year" at Monday night’s meeting and the veteran teacher received the honor despite being in the fight for her life. Renee Warren has taught kindergarten at Sharon Elementary School for 33 years. Back in September, over Labor Day weekend, she learned she had stage three breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy she was back in the clas...
  • Vinton Police Dept. investigates burglary

    Vinton Police Dept. investigates burglary

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:08:26 GMT
    The Town of Vinton Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying suspects involved in a burglary/grand larceny.
    The Town of Vinton Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying suspects involved in a burglary/grand larceny.
  • Pete Sampras named tennis pro emeritus at The Greenbrier

    Pete Sampras named tennis pro emeritus at The Greenbrier

    Monday, April 14 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 19:09:33 GMT
    The Greenbrier has named Pete Sampras as its "first-ever Greenbrier Tennis Pro Emeritus". In a news release, The Greenbrier says Sampras has participated in the Champions Tennis Classic the past two years.Sampras, a Tennis Hall of Famer,was the #1 men's tennis player in the worldfor286 weeks. He won 14 Grand Slam events and 64 singles championships.The Greenbrier has five indoor and five outdoor courts, and a modern pro shop.Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier, said "Pete Sampras is the cons...
    The Greenbrier has named Pete Sampras as its "first-ever Greenbrier Tennis Pro Emeritus". In a news release, The Greenbrier says Sampras has participated in the Champions Tennis Classic the past two years.Sampras, a Tennis Hall of Famer,was the #1 men's tennis player in the worldfor286 weeks. He won 14 Grand Slam events and 64 singles championships.The Greenbrier has five indoor and five outdoor courts, and a modern pro shop.Jim Justice, owner of The Greenbrier, said "Pete Sampras is the cons...
  • FBI & State Police search area where Randy Taylor lived

    FBI & State Police search area where Randy Taylor lived

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-04-14 17:29:29 GMT
    Several agencies are searching the area in Nelson County where Randy Taylor lived. Taylor is charged with the murder and abduction of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. FBI, Virginia State Police, and investigators
    Several agencies are searching the area in Nelson County where Randy Taylor lived. Taylor is charged with the murder and abduction of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. FBI, Virginia State Police, and investigators with the Nelson County Sheriff's Office are searching an area in Lovingston off of Route 29. More than 50 investigators are helping with the teams. Taylor's
  • Roanoke City receiving more calls about suspected child abuse

    Roanoke City receiving more calls about suspected child abuse

    Monday, April 14 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-04-14 13:59:41 GMT
    In both February and March, the department received more than 200 calls about suspected abuse.
    In both February and March, the department received more than 200 calls about suspected abuse.
  • Virginia Tech students kick off Shack-A-Thon for Habitat for Humanity

    Virginia Tech students kick off Shack-A-Thon for Habitat for Humanity

    Monday, April 14 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-14 13:50:59 GMT
    Volunteers in Blacksburg are waking up in a shack this morning as they work to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Six teams are competing and building their own 8 X 8 X 8 structures outside Squires Student Center at Virginia Tech.
    Volunteers in Blacksburg are waking up in a shack this morning as they work to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Six teams are competing and building their own 8 X 8 X 8 structures outside Squires Student Center at Virginia Tech.
  • What's News Today, Monday, April 14, 2014

    What's News Today, Monday, April 14, 2014

    Monday, April 14 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-04-14 13:44:19 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
  • Easter Egg Hunt in the Star City

    Easter Egg Hunt in the Star City

    Sunday, April 13 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-04-13 22:49:14 GMT
    Some children in the star city had the chance to go on an early easter egg hunt. "Woodlawn United Methodist Church" held its annual easter egg hunt today. Kids showed up and participated in a mission project .. which included making butterflies for cancer survivors. The Easter Bunny also told the kids the story of what easter stands for."It's also about the love of jesus christ and he died for them and also its about sharing that love for others like cancer survivors to let them know we beli...
    Some children in the star city had the chance to go on an early easter egg hunt. "Woodlawn United Methodist Church" held its annual easter egg hunt today. Kids showed up and participated in a mission project .. which included making butterflies for cancer survivors. The Easter Bunny also told the kids the story of what easter stands for."It's also about the love of jesus christ and he died for them and also its about sharing that love for others like cancer survivors to let them know we beli...
  • Radford City Building Permits Growing

    Radford City Building Permits Growing

    Sunday, April 13 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-04-13 22:46:47 GMT
    The city says some reasons are because they have low taxes, and decent utility costs another reason is because the student population at Radford University is growing which means students will need a place to stay.Radford city officials say in 2011 the value of building permits was 8. 4 million and that's now increased to 14. 6 million in 2013. City officials say the value of permits is going up because of the new apartment complex being built."We are very pleased to be able to accommodate al...
    The city says some reasons are because they have low taxes, and decent utility costs another reason is because the student population at Radford University is growing which means students will need a place to stay.Radford city officials say in 2011 the value of building permits was 8. 4 million and that's now increased to 14. 6 million in 2013. City officials say the value of permits is going up because of the new apartment complex being built."We are very pleased to be able to accommodate al...
  • Floyd County Schools looking to cut about $1 million from budget

    Floyd County Schools looking to cut about $1 million from budget

    Sunday, April 13 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-13 22:45:56 GMT
    Floyd County has to find a way to slash close to one million dollars from the current operating budget for the 2014-2015 school year. Floyd County Superintendent Kevin Harris says he's working to trim $967,000 from the budget, about five percent, and will present a plan to the school board Monday at 4 p.m. The money was there for the 2013-2014 school year because of excess money they carried over from the previous year. Harris planned on buying four new school buses next year at about $80,000...
    Floyd County has to find a way to slash close to one million dollars from the current operating budget for the 2014-2015 school year. Floyd County Superintendent Kevin Harris says he's working to trim $967,000 from the budget, about five percent, and will present a plan to the school board Monday at 4 p.m. The money was there for the 2013-2014 school year because of excess money they carried over from the previous year. Harris planned on buying four new school buses next year at about $80,000...
  • State police investigate deadly accident in Franklin Co.

    State police investigate deadly accident in Franklin Co.

    State police investigate deadly accident in Franklin Co.

    Sunday, April 13 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-04-13 19:11:27 GMT
    State police are investigating a deadly crash in Franklin County.It happened just before 10:00 p.m.Saturday on Route 890.Investigators say a pick up truck was driving northbound when it ran off the road, hit a boulder and then a utility pole.The driver, 56-year-old Kenny Zeigler of Union Hall, died at the scene.Police say he was not wearing a seat belt.
    State police are investigating a deadly crash in Franklin County.It happened just before 10:00 p.m.Saturday on Route 890.Investigators say a pick up truck was driving northbound when it ran off the road, hit a boulder and then a utility pole.The driver, 56-year-old Kenny Zeigler of Union Hall, died at the scene.Police say he was not wearing a seat belt.
  • City of Roanoke Opens New Park

    City of Roanoke Opens New Park

    Saturday, April 12 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-04-12 22:37:38 GMT
    It’s officially Spring, and officials from the City of Roanoke say adults, children, and pets will have a new place to go outdoors and have fun. The Roanoke City Council, as well as staff from the Parks and Recreation department, had a ribbon cutting ceremony for Countryside Park. The Director of Parks and Recreation, Steven Buschor, says the 33 acre park has a new playground for children to play on and trails for th...
    It’s officially Spring, and officials from the City of Roanoke say adults, children, and pets will have a new place to go outdoors and have fun. The Roanoke City Council, as well as staff from the Parks and Recreation department, had a ribbon cutting ceremony for Countryside Park. The Director of Parks and Recreation, Steven Buschor, says the 33 acre park has a new playground for children to play on and trails for th...
  • Virginia Tech Remembers Fallen Hokies

    Virginia Tech Remembers Fallen Hokies

    Saturday, April 12 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-12 22:36:32 GMT
    Each year after April 16 comes around, students on campus say it’s a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives 7 years ago, and say they will never forget. The 3.2 for 32 Remembrance Run starts off the week of activities Virginia Tech has planned to remember those who were killed. Before the run starts, workers release 32 white balloons. Each balloon represents those who died. Event organizers say they had 8...
    Each year after April 16 comes around, students on campus say it’s a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives 7 years ago, and say they will never forget. The 3.2 for 32 Remembrance Run starts off the week of activities Virginia Tech has planned to remember those who were killed. Before the run starts, workers release 32 white balloons. Each balloon represents those who died. Event organizers say they had 8...
  • Church Organization Volunteers Help the Hungry

    Church Organization Volunteers Help the Hungry

    Saturday, April 12 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-04-12 22:36:00 GMT
    Several hundred people showed up at First Baptist Church to help package meals for those in need in the Star City. About 600 people from Danville, Bedford, and other areas of Virginia came to Roanoke to package macaroni. This is the first year that Donald Gillette, president of Because We Care Ministries, organized the event. He says he’s grateful so many people came in to help. “It is amazing,” Gillette said. “I’m a...
    Several hundred people showed up at First Baptist Church to help package meals for those in need in the Star City. About 600 people from Danville, Bedford, and other areas of Virginia came to Roanoke to package macaroni. This is the first year that Donald Gillette, president of Because We Care Ministries, organized the event. He says he’s grateful so many people came in to help. “It is amazing,” Gillette said. “I’m a...
  • Komen's Race for the Cure Comes to Roanoke

    Komen's Race for the Cure Comes to Roanoke

    Saturday, April 12 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-04-12 22:35:28 GMT
    Hundreds of people participated in the 5th annual Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” 5K run and walk in Roanoke. About 200 breast cancer survivors celebrated being in remission. This is the biggest fundraiser for the non-profit. 2,200 people registered this year, which is more than last year. Catherine Turner, the executive director of the event, says so far they’ve raised more than $250,000. “It’s an absolutel...
    Hundreds of people participated in the 5th annual Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” 5K run and walk in Roanoke. About 200 breast cancer survivors celebrated being in remission. This is the biggest fundraiser for the non-profit. 2,200 people registered this year, which is more than last year. Catherine Turner, the executive director of the event, says so far they’ve raised more than $250,000. “It’s an absolutel...
  • Lynchburg Police investigating shooting

    Lynchburg Police investigating shooting

    Saturday, April 12 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-04-12 20:08:17 GMT
    A 24-year old was taken to the hospital Friday night shot twice in his stomach according to police. Lynchburg Police say it happened around 11:20 p.m. in the area of Charlotte Street and Early Street. Daniel Garland from Lynchburg was taken to the hospital. Witnesses stated that a large group of black males were seen in the area before and after the shooting. Witnesses then stated that once the shots were fired the group fled the area on foot.-----------Here is the news release from Lynchburg...
    A 24-year old was taken to the hospital Friday night shot twice in his stomach according to police. Lynchburg Police say it happened around 11:20 p.m. in the area of Charlotte Street and Early Street. Daniel Garland from Lynchburg was taken to the hospital. Witnesses stated that a large group of black males were seen in the area before and after the shooting. Witnesses then stated that once the shots were fired the group fled the area on foot.-----------Here is the news release from Lynchburg...
  • Va. college 'free-speech zones' latest to fall

    Va. college 'free-speech zones' latest to fall

    Saturday, April 12 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-12 20:04:35 GMT
    LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college "free speech zones" is unfolding in Virginia, where lawyers are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus. The Virginia Community College System has agreed to suspend its student demonstrations policy in response to a lawsuit filed by Thomas Nelson Community College student Christian Parks. Both sides have asked a federal judge in Norfolk to put the c...
    LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college "free speech zones" is unfolding in Virginia, where lawyers are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus. The Virginia Community College System has agreed to suspend its student demonstrations policy in response to a lawsuit filed by Thomas Nelson Community College student Christian Parks. Both sides have asked a federal judge in Norfolk to put the c...
  • Police say Lynchburg man stabbed inside a home

    Police say Lynchburg man stabbed inside a home

    Saturday, April 12 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-04-12 19:39:00 GMT
    Courtesy: Lynchburg Police Dept. Courtesy: Lynchburg Police Dept.
    Lynchburg Police are investigating after a man went to Lynchburg General Hospital's Emergency Room with stab wounds. On Saturday around 6:30 a.m. police were called to the hospital.Michael Payne, 33 from Lynchburg, had with several stab wounds to his chest and stomach. Payne told officers was visiting a friend in the 1200 block of Peirce Street when he was attacked and stabbed by Jamel Owen Davis, 29 from Lynchburg man. Payne was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition.Police say ...
    Lynchburg Police are investigating after a man went to Lynchburg General Hospital's Emergency Room with stab wounds. On Saturday around 6:30 a.m. police were called to the hospital.Michael Payne, 33 from Lynchburg, had with several stab wounds to his chest and stomach. Payne told officers was visiting a friend in the 1200 block of Peirce Street when he was attacked and stabbed by Jamel Owen Davis, 29 from Lynchburg man. Payne was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition.Police say ...
  • Big backups on Interstate 81 due to construction

    Big backups on Interstate 81 due to construction

    Saturday, April 12 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-04-12 19:25:08 GMT
    Weather permitting, two maintenance projects will require lane closures along Interstate 81 and Route 419 in Roanoke County this week. Route 419 Lane Closures Beginning Friday lane closures will be in place on north and southbound Route 419 at the exit 141 interchange. The closures will be in place until 6 a.m. Monday, April 14. The work is necessary for repairs to the Route 419 bridge over I-81. Drivers should watch for signs and use caution in the work zone. Law enforcement will assist...
    Weather permitting, two maintenance projects will require lane closures along Interstate 81 and Route 419 in Roanoke County this week. Route 419 Lane Closures Beginning Friday lane closures will be in place on north and southbound Route 419 at the exit 141 interchange. The closures will be in place until 6 a.m. Monday, April 14. The work is necessary for repairs to the Route 419 bridge over I-81. Drivers should watch for signs and use caution in the work zone. Law enforcement will assist...
  • Salem Red Sox fans happy to see bigger crowds

    Salem Red Sox fans happy to see bigger crowds

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-04-12 02:32:57 GMT
    Salem Red Sox crowd.Salem Red Sox crowd.
    There are more people filling the seats at the Salem Red Sox games. It's a welcomed change for dedicated fans.
    There are more people filling the seats at the Salem Red Sox games. It's a welcomed change for dedicated fans.
  • Blue Ridge Bike Fest kicks off at Roanoke Civic Center

    Blue Ridge Bike Fest kicks off at Roanoke Civic Center

    Friday, April 11 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-04-12 01:34:52 GMT
    More than 11,000 people are expected to attend the Blue Ridge Bike Fest this weekend.
    More than 11,000 people are expected to attend the Blue Ridge Bike Fest this weekend.
  • He Said, She Said at the Movies: Draft Day Review

    He Said, She Said at the Movies: Draft Day Review

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:38:42 GMT
     WSLS 10's Michella Drapac and Ryan Hunt review Kevin Costner's new movie.
     WSLS 10's Michella Drapac and Ryan Hunt review Kevin Costner's new movie.
  • Roanoke County getting 2 new apartment complexes

    Roanoke County getting 2 new apartment complexes

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:17:51 GMT
    New apartments are going up in southwest Roanoke County. 48 new one and two bedroom apartments near Cave Spring High School. "Well, it's exciting. It's exciting to be a part of the energy and the momentum and the progress that you can find in this particular area. So, it's a good thing," said Thomas Fellers the Fralin Homes Vice President. Westmont is being developed by Fralin Homes the same company developing another complex in north Roanoke County not far from the airport on Peters Creek Ro...
    New apartments are going up in southwest Roanoke County. 48 new one and two bedroom apartments near Cave Spring High School. "Well, it's exciting. It's exciting to be a part of the energy and the momentum and the progress that you can find in this particular area. So, it's a good thing," said Thomas Fellers the Fralin Homes Vice President. Westmont is being developed by Fralin Homes the same company developing another complex in north Roanoke County not far from the airport on Peters Creek Ro...
  • Botetourt County girl collects Easter baskets for children in need

    Botetourt County girl collects Easter baskets for children in need

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:37:32 GMT
    Operation: Easter Bunny is underway in Botetourt County thanks to the generosity of a 10-year-old. For the past 5 years Sarah Hamblin has collected Easter baskets for children in need. Friday, she helped deliver about 75 baskets to the Botetourt Food Pantry. Sarah's goal this year was to collect 75 baskets and the response from the community has been so great she's up to 111 now. This effort to give back was actually...
    Operation: Easter Bunny is underway in Botetourt County thanks to the generosity of a 10-year-old. For the past 5 years Sarah Hamblin has collected Easter baskets for children in need. Friday, she helped deliver about 75 baskets to the Botetourt Food Pantry. Sarah's goal this year was to collect 75 baskets and the response from the community has been so great she's up to 111 now. This effort to give back was actually...
  • New Technology Makes a Difference For Carilion Clinic Heart Patients

    New Technology Makes a Difference For Carilion Clinic Heart Patients

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:36:21 GMT
    Brenda Glass, Sterling Glass, Dr. Jason FoerstBrenda Glass, Sterling Glass, Dr. Jason Foerst
    Brenda and Sterling Glass are about to go home after a heart procedure that uses new technology at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.Here are the facts:*The new heart valve implant is called the MedtronicCoreValve System*It was approved by the FDAin January*It is less invasive than open heart surgery*6 Carilion Clinic patients havehad the surgery"Ifeel like a new person. Iwalked around and aroundand I am so grateful.I just feel like a new person," says Glass.Cardiologist, Dr. Jason Foerst is one of f...
    Brenda and Sterling Glass are about to go home after a heart procedure that uses new technology at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.Here are the facts:*The new heart valve implant is called the MedtronicCoreValve System*It was approved by the FDAin January*It is less invasive than open heart surgery*6 Carilion Clinic patients havehad the surgery"Ifeel like a new person. Iwalked around and aroundand I am so grateful.I just feel like a new person," says Glass.Cardiologist, Dr. Jason Foerst is one of f...
  • Roanoke Valley officers get training about human trafficking

    Roanoke Valley officers get training about human trafficking

    Friday, April 11 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-04-11 18:21:46 GMT
    Roanoke Valley law enforcement wrapped up a two day human trafficking training session Friday. 56 people were at the training from about 20 offices in the Roanoke Valley. This was a joint effort put on by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia, Virginia Attorney General and Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. The topics ranged from investigating organized prostitution rings, interview techniques, detecting traces of trafficking, prosecuting and ...
    Roanoke Valley law enforcement wrapped up a two day human trafficking training session Friday. 56 people were at the training from about 20 offices in the Roanoke Valley. This was a joint effort put on by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia, Virginia Attorney General and Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. The topics ranged from investigating organized prostitution rings, interview techniques, detecting traces of trafficking, prosecuting and ...
  • UPDATE: Morning delays on Interstate 81 in Roanoke Co. clear

    UPDATE: Morning delays on Interstate 81 in Roanoke Co. clear

    Friday, April 11 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-04-11 16:15:16 GMT
    Drivers should expect significant delays heading southbound on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County this morning.VDOT says one lane is closed at mile marker 133.
    Drivers should expect significant delays heading southbound on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County this morning.VDOT says one lane is closed at mile marker 133.
  • Tractor trailer crash causing delays on I-81 in Montgomery County

    Tractor trailer crash causing delays on I-81 in Montgomery County

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:23:13 GMT
    Crews are continuing to clean up a tractor trailer crash on Interstate 81 northbound in Montgomery County. It happened around 6 a.m. at mile marker 112. The left lane and right shoulder are closed.
    Crews are continuing to clean up a tractor trailer crash on Interstate 81 northbound in Montgomery County. It happened around 6 a.m. at mile marker 112. The left lane and right shoulder are closed.
  • Salem Red Sox Selling More Tickets This Season

    Salem Red Sox Selling More Tickets This Season

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:58:53 GMT
    For 2013, the average attendance was 2,735. Compare that to 3,429 in 2011.
    For 2013, the average attendance was 2,735. Compare that to 3,429 in 2011.
  • Southside Audible Egg Hunt returns this weekend

    Southside Audible Egg Hunt returns this weekend

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:38:13 GMT
    Happening this weekend, dozens of visually impaired kids will be in Southside taking part in a unique Easter egg hunt. With the help of a bomb technician with the Virginia State Police, Henry County Schools teacher Lori Floyd created a beeping plastic egg.
    Happening this weekend, dozens of visually impaired kids will be in Southside taking part in a unique Easter egg hunt. With the help of a bomb technician with the Virginia State Police, Henry County Schools teacher Lori Floyd created a beeping plastic egg.
  • 2013 World Series trophy to be displayed at Salem Red Sox game

    2013 World Series trophy to be displayed at Salem Red Sox game

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:32:53 GMT
    Part of the weekend home games for the Salem Red Sox will focus on celebrating its Major League affiliate, the Boston Red Sox. Saturday is Boston Red Sox Championship Night and fans will be able to celebrate the Sox World Series win with the 2013 World Series trophy.
    Part of the weekend home games for the Salem Red Sox will focus on celebrating its Major League affiliate, the Boston Red Sox. Saturday is Boston Red Sox Championship Night and fans will be able to celebrate the Sox World Series win with the 2013 World Series trophy.
  • Major detour cleared early on Interstate 81 Northbound

    Major detour cleared early on Interstate 81 Northbound

    Major detour cleared early on Interstate 81 Northbound

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-11 10:54:05 GMT
    All lanes on Interstate 81 northbound in Montgomery County are now back open to all traffic. VDOT reports that the work requiring the eight-day detour was completed ahead of schedule and the detour ended at around 6:30 this morning.Therepaving project between mile markers 121and 125began Sunday, and was originally scheduled to end 6 a.m. Monday, April 14.Contractors will resume the remaining work using nightly lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. until October.
    All lanes on Interstate 81 northbound in Montgomery County are now back open to all traffic. VDOT reports that the work requiring the eight-day detour was completed ahead of schedule and the detour ended at around 6:30 this morning.Therepaving project between mile markers 121and 125began Sunday, and was originally scheduled to end 6 a.m. Monday, April 14.Contractors will resume the remaining work using nightly lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. until October.
  • What's News Today, Friday, April 11, 2014

    What's News Today, Friday, April 11, 2014

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-04-11 08:17:08 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
  • Rocky Mount man pleads guilty to second-degree murder of 3-month-old

    Rocky Mount man pleads guilty to second-degree murder of 3-month-old

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-04-11 03:15:57 GMT
    A Rocky Mount man pleads quilting to the second-degree murder of a 3-month-old. Xavier Craighead, 21, could face up to 40 years in prison.
    A Rocky Mount man pleads quilting to the second-degree murder of a 3-month-old. Xavier Craighead, 21, could face up to 40 years in prison.
  • Roanoke Valley tackles sexting and other dangers children face

    Roanoke Valley tackles sexting and other dangers children face

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-04-11 02:22:51 GMT
    Students at younger ages are logging on to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Roanoke County Police Officer, Rick Crosier, said social media has become a growing concern even in elementary schools. In an effort to educate families about the potential safety threats that exist online and through cell phone use, the Roanoke County Police Department organized a "Danger of Social Media" event. Officers said that with each push of a button comes the potential for dangers such as cyber...
    Students at younger ages are logging on to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Roanoke County Police Officer, Rick Crosier, said social media has become a growing concern even in elementary schools. In an effort to educate families about the potential safety threats that exist online and through cell phone use, the Roanoke County Police Department organized a "Danger of Social Media" event. Officers said that with each push of a button comes the potential for dangers such as cyber...
  • Westside Elementary debate team standing by to visit White House

    Westside Elementary debate team standing by to visit White House

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-04-11 01:27:54 GMT
    The Westside Elementary School debate team left for Howard University this Thursday morning to work one-on-one with the collegiate debate team. The students are also on standby to stop by The White House and possibly meet President Barack Obama. We caught up with the team before they left as they put in their last practice rounds. Debate team coach, Jeff May, has really made a difference for the students, teaching th...
    The Westside Elementary School debate team left for Howard University this Thursday morning to work one-on-one with the collegiate debate team. The students are also on standby to stop by The White House and possibly meet President Barack Obama. We caught up with the team before they left as they put in their last practice rounds. Debate team coach, Jeff May, has really made a difference for the students, teaching th...
  • Roanoke Times Under Investigation Related to Asbestos Removal

    Roanoke Times Under Investigation Related to Asbestos Removal

    Thursday, April 10 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-10 23:09:49 GMT
    Roanoke Times third floor renovation Roanoke Times third floor renovation
    "An investigation into employee safety at The Roanoke Times began today," explains Southwest Regional Health Director of The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Paul Sanier.
    "An investigation into employee safety at The Roanoke Times began today," explains Southwest Regional Health Director of The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Paul Sanier.
  • The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine becoming more diverse

    The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine becoming more diverse

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:13:58 GMT
    BLACKSBURG - The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is seeing an increase in the diversity of its student population.Since 2012, the school has experienced more than a 50 percent rise in the number of African-American, Asian and Hispanic students. There are also now more male students, in what has traditionally been a female-dominated field. Program leaders say this is largely the result of face-to-face recruitment efforts, and this diversity better represents today's w...
    BLACKSBURG - The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is seeing an increase in the diversity of its student population.Since 2012, the school has experienced more than a 50 percent rise in the number of African-American, Asian and Hispanic students. There are also now more male students, in what has traditionally been a female-dominated field. Program leaders say this is largely the result of face-to-face recruitment efforts, and this diversity better represents today's w...
  • Harvester Performance Center opens Friday

    Harvester Performance Center opens Friday

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:11:31 GMT
    Harvester Performance CenterHarvester Performance Center
    The highly-anticipated Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount will finally open its' doors. Crews are getting ready for the musical hall's first performance Friday at 8 p.m.
    The highly-anticipated Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount will finally open its' doors. Crews are getting ready for the musical hall's first performance Friday at 8 p.m.
  • Radford couple prepares to run Boston Marathon for the second time

    Radford couple prepares to run Boston Marathon for the second time

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:02:34 GMT
    BLACKSBURG - A Radford couple is getting ready to run the Boston Marathon for the second year in a row, but this time, they are running for a cause. Justin and Kirsten Mosby were well out of harm's way during the marathon bombings last year. But the tragedy made such an impression on the runners that they decided to reach out to that community this year by raising money for the Michael Lisnow Respite Center, an organization near Boston that supports handicapped children and their families. Ki...
    BLACKSBURG - A Radford couple is getting ready to run the Boston Marathon for the second year in a row, but this time, they are running for a cause. Justin and Kirsten Mosby were well out of harm's way during the marathon bombings last year. But the tragedy made such an impression on the runners that they decided to reach out to that community this year by raising money for the Michael Lisnow Respite Center, an organization near Boston that supports handicapped children and their families. Ki...
  • Salem World War I cannon under restoration

    Salem World War I cannon under restoration

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:55:30 GMT
    Restoration is underway for theWorld WarIcannon in Salem that was damaged by a hit and run driver back in January.CLICK HERE TO READ PREVIOUS STORIES.The cannon is now being restored free of charge from West Salem Body shop and the city of Salem.The only costwill bethe replacement of the wooden wagon wheels totaling around $3,700 which will be paid for by the man charged with the crime. The city hopes to have the cannon fully restored by August before the 100th anniversary of World War I.
    Restoration is underway for theWorld WarIcannon in Salem that was damaged by a hit and run driver back in January.CLICK HERE TO READ PREVIOUS STORIES.The cannon is now being restored free of charge from West Salem Body shop and the city of Salem.The only costwill bethe replacement of the wooden wagon wheels totaling around $3,700 which will be paid for by the man charged with the crime. The city hopes to have the cannon fully restored by August before the 100th anniversary of World War I.
  • Health Department lifts advisory on Pigg River

    Health Department lifts advisory on Pigg River

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:44:39 GMT
    Paul Chapman, the director of Franklin County Parks and Recreation says the Department of Health has lifted their advisory for the Pigg River.The advisory was prompted by a 30,000 gallon manure spill from a farm upstream. Staff will be removing the warning signs tomorrow morning.No detectable impacts to the Pigg River were found. READ MONDAY'S STORY ON THE SPILL
    Paul Chapman, the director of Franklin County Parks and Recreation says the Department of Health has lifted their advisory for the Pigg River.The advisory was prompted by a 30,000 gallon manure spill from a farm upstream. Staff will be removing the warning signs tomorrow morning.No detectable impacts to the Pigg River were found. READ MONDAY'S STORY ON THE SPILL
  • Accident blocks Brandon Ave.

    Accident blocks Brandon Ave.

    Thursday, April 10 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-04-10 20:53:26 GMT
    Thursday afternoon, Roanoke City dispatchsays a motor vehicle accident has Brandon Avenue blocked off between Arlington Road and Grandin Road. We'll bring you the latest as soon as we know more.
    Thursday afternoon, Roanoke City dispatchsays a motor vehicle accident has Brandon Avenue blocked off between Arlington Road and Grandin Road. We'll bring you the latest as soon as we know more.
  • Salem Police get 4 new cars

    Salem Police get 4 new cars

    Thursday, April 10 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:07:31 GMT
    You will soon see Salem Police driving new cars. The department bought four new Chevy Caprices that were shipped from Australia. Along with the new cars comes a new design. They wanted to update the
    You will soon see Salem Police driving new cars. The department bought four new Chevy Caprices that were shipped from Australia. Along with the new cars comes a new design. They wanted to update the look that had been in place since the mid 1990s. Officers voted on the design. Sgt. Michael Crawley says they cost about $50,000 each. The backseat is made of hard
  • Salem launches pilot recycling partnership on greenway

    Salem launches pilot recycling partnership on greenway

    Thursday, April 10 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:00:02 GMT
    As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, the City of Salem is pleased to announce a pilot project to test the demand for recycling on the Salem portion of the Roanoke River Greenway. The city has partnered with "Star City Recycling" to provide this service at no cost to citizens for a two-year period. "It’s essential to keep trails as clean as possible and that includes our greenway," says Salem City Councilwoman, Lisa Garst. "It’s also important to provide an alternative to t...
    As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, the City of Salem is pleased to announce a pilot project to test the demand for recycling on the Salem portion of the Roanoke River Greenway. The city has partnered with "Star City Recycling" to provide this service at no cost to citizens for a two-year period. "It’s essential to keep trails as clean as possible and that includes our greenway," says Salem City Councilwoman, Lisa Garst. "It’s also important to provide an alternative to t...
  • Roanoke County's Explore Park getting ready for opening

    Roanoke County's Explore Park getting ready for opening

    Thursday, April 10 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-04-10 17:28:54 GMT
    Explore Park located off the Blue Ridge Pkwy. in Roanoke County is getting ready for an open house next month. As you may remember the park closed in 2008. Since Roanoke Cpunty signed a 99 year contract
    Explore Park located off the Blue Ridge Pkwy. in Roanoke County is getting ready for an open house next month. As you may remember the park closed in 2008. Since Roanoke Cpunty signed a 99 year contract last year they have been making upgrades to several buildings in the park. The wedding chapel will host the first wedding in June. The Taubman building is get
  • Volunteers work to restore American chestnut to Catawba

    Volunteers work to restore American chestnut to Catawba

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:11:04 GMT
    Volunteers will plant the trees for the Catawba Chestnut Breeding Orchard at the Catawba Sustainability Center on Sunday with the hopes of bringing back a former economic engine in Appalachia.

    Volunteers will plant the trees for the Catawba Chestnut Breeding Orchard at the Catawba Sustainability Center on Sunday with the hopes of bringing back a former economic engine in Appalachia.

  • Understanding Flu Remains a Major Focus of Research

    Understanding Flu Remains a Major Focus of Research

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:43:26 GMT
    There are renewed efforts to understand flu and its affects on all of us by the National Institutes of Health.
    There are renewed efforts to understand flu and its affects on all of us by the National Institutes of Health.
  • New Franklin Co. Fire Marshal after 23 years

    New Franklin Co. Fire Marshal after 23 years

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-04-10 13:53:33 GMT
    David Bowles new Franklin County Fire Marshal.David Bowles new Franklin County Fire Marshal.
    David Bowles started last week and has 25 years of experience in the fire service. Most recently, Bowles worked for the FBI traveling around the world with the Technical Hazard Response Unit.
    David Bowles started last week and has 25 years of experience in the fire service. Most recently, Bowles worked for the FBI traveling around the world with the Technical Hazard Response Unit.
  • Roanoke Valley Pound joins national program

    Roanoke Valley Pound joins national program

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-10 13:15:07 GMT
    The Pound is a new member of the Rescue Waggin program, which transports dogs from crowded shelters to others across the nation where adoption rates are higher.
    The Pound is a new member of the Rescue Waggin program, which transports dogs from crowded shelters to others across the nation where adoption rates are higher.
  • Alumni Hall to open at Blacksburg's First & Main

    Alumni Hall to open at Blacksburg's First & Main

    Thursday, April 10 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-04-10 11:22:36 GMT
    New businesses are moving into Blacksburg's First Main shopping district. The newest addition is national retailer, Alumni Hall.
    New businesses are moving into Blacksburg's First Main shopping district. The newest addition is national retailer, Alumni Hall.
  • Roanoke Star to add 4 soccer fields to Botetourt Sports Complex

    Roanoke Star to add 4 soccer fields to Botetourt Sports Complex

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-04-10 10:31:47 GMT
    The rapidly expanding Botetourt Sports Complex will soon be home to four new soccer fields. Botetourt County recently signed a 20 year agreement with the Roanoke Star Soccer Club to develop land.
    The rapidly expanding Botetourt Sports Complex will soon be home to four new soccer fields. Botetourt County recently signed a 20 year agreement with the Roanoke Star Soccer Club to develop land.
  • What's News Today, Thursday, April 10, 2014

    What's News Today, Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Thursday, April 10 2014 4:20 AM EDT2014-04-10 08:20:05 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
  • Delegate Sam Rasoul discusses job opportunities for ex-cons

    Delegate Sam Rasoul discusses job opportunities for ex-cons

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-10 02:48:49 GMT
    Delegate Sam Rasoul spoke at TAP in Roanoke on Wednesday. Among other things, the Virginia lawmaker discussed voting rights and legislative initiatives to help ex-convicts land job. "Ban the box" is
    Delegate Sam Rasoul spoke at TAP in Roanoke on Wednesday. Among other things, the Virginia lawmaker discussed voting rights and legislative initiatives to help ex-convicts land job. "Ban the box" is an international campaign aimed at removing from hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. Part of the goal of the campaign is to remove barriers ex-of
  • Bent Mountain Center hopes to allow alcohol at events

    Bent Mountain Center hopes to allow alcohol at events

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-04-10 02:31:24 GMT
    Board members with the Bent Mountain Center want the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to allow alcohol at the center's events. The county owns the property and leases the space to the center. As part of the current agreement, alcohol is not permitted. Exercise, art and hunting classes are some of the activities that take place at the Bent Mountain Center. "We have a lot of bluegrass music, rock concerts and gospel concerts" said Patti Hanes, Bent Mountain Center treasurer. The space onc...
    Board members with the Bent Mountain Center want the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to allow alcohol at the center's events. The county owns the property and leases the space to the center. As part of the current agreement, alcohol is not permitted. Exercise, art and hunting classes are some of the activities that take place at the Bent Mountain Center. "We have a lot of bluegrass music, rock concerts and gospel concerts" said Patti Hanes, Bent Mountain Center treasurer. The space onc...
  • Salem attorney honored with Guardian Angel award

    Salem attorney honored with Guardian Angel award

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-04-09 23:57:47 GMT
    Each year Children's Trust hands out Golden Halo awards for those in our community who work tirelessly to protect abused children in the Roanoke Valley, but one person is handed the coveted Guardian Angel award. This year Children's Trust chose Attorney Ellen Weinman as the "Guardian Angel." Weinman spends her days in juvenile and domestic relations court, serving as a voice for children of abuse. Beyond the courtroo...
    Each year Children's Trust hands out Golden Halo awards for those in our community who work tirelessly to protect abused children in the Roanoke Valley, but one person is handed the coveted Guardian Angel award. This year Children's Trust chose Attorney Ellen Weinman as the "Guardian Angel." Weinman spends her days in juvenile and domestic relations court, serving as a voice for children of abuse. Beyond the courtroo...
  • Two-Year Anniversary of Heather Hodges Disappearance

    Two-Year Anniversary of Heather Hodges Disappearance

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:40:36 GMT
    Wednesday marks the two year anniversary of the disappearance of Franklin County mother Heather Hodges.
    Wednesday marks the two year anniversary of the disappearance of Franklin County mother Heather Hodges.
  • Students needing free or reduced increases in Franklin Co.

    Students needing free or reduced increases in Franklin Co.

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:34:54 GMT
    The number of students receiving free or reduced lunches in Franklin County keeps going up. 
    The number of students receiving free or reduced lunches in Franklin County keeps going up. 
  • Blacksburg to get new senior friendly housing complex

    Blacksburg to get new senior friendly housing complex

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:46:59 GMT
    BLACKSBURG - Blacksburg seniors will soon get a housing unit designed specifically for them. The eight-unit complex on Grissom Lane will feature universal design, and much of it willbe compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is designed for people 55 years of age and older. Town leaders say the senior population in the New River Valleyis expected to double within the next 20 years, and they want a place where people can age comfortably and safely without moving to assisted livi...
    BLACKSBURG - Blacksburg seniors will soon get a housing unit designed specifically for them. The eight-unit complex on Grissom Lane will feature universal design, and much of it willbe compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is designed for people 55 years of age and older. Town leaders say the senior population in the New River Valleyis expected to double within the next 20 years, and they want a place where people can age comfortably and safely without moving to assisted livi...
  • Roanoke City Jail starts new video visitation

    Roanoke City Jail starts new video visitation

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:32:04 GMT
    Roanoke City Jail now offering video visitations for inmates and visitorsRoanoke City Jail now offering video visitations for inmates and visitors
    The Roanoke City Jail started a new video visitation system through Securus technologies for inmates and visitors. People have to set up appointments at least 24 hours in advance for a video visit. The
    The Roanoke City Jail started a new video visitation system through Securus technologies for inmates and visitors. People have to set up appointments at least 24 hours in advance for a video visit. The visit will take place in the jail's lobby and the inmate will be in their housing quarters. Sheriff Tim Allen says the system will help with security and limit contraband that can
  • EMTs getting more training to become paramedics

    EMTs getting more training to become paramedics

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:30:11 GMT
    EMTs looking for more training have a chance for a higher level of learning. It's called a paramedic bridge program. American National University started classes this week. It gives EMTs training to become a paramedic where they are able to give more treatments like starting iv's, giving more medication and putting in breathing tubes. The intermediate EMT certificate is being phased out on a national level so if people left the state they may need a higher level of trainingIt's not being phas...
    EMTs looking for more training have a chance for a higher level of learning. It's called a paramedic bridge program. American National University started classes this week. It gives EMTs training to become a paramedic where they are able to give more treatments like starting iv's, giving more medication and putting in breathing tubes. The intermediate EMT certificate is being phased out on a national level so if people left the state they may need a higher level of trainingIt's not being phas...
  • Flu shuts down Salem VA Medical Center operating room

    Flu shuts down Salem VA Medical Center operating room

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:19:02 GMT
    Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Flu shut down the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center operating room earlier this week. The SVAMC reports 35 staff members have been symptomatic and 13 were positive for Influenza A (H1N1). "As flu cases continue to be reported in our community, we had some cases of flu reported among staff who work in or around the OR. As a measure to contain the spread of flu and protect our patients and staff, all scheduled OR cases were cancelled for Monday...
    Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Flu shut down the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center operating room earlier this week. The SVAMC reports 35 staff members have been symptomatic and 13 were positive for Influenza A (H1N1). "As flu cases continue to be reported in our community, we had some cases of flu reported among staff who work in or around the OR. As a measure to contain the spread of flu and protect our patients and staff, all scheduled OR cases were cancelled for Monday...
  • Virginia Tech researchers develop 'virus tracker' to teach kids about bioscience

    Virginia Tech researchers develop 'virus tracker' to teach kids about bioscience

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:00:58 GMT
    The late Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson may have declared, “I am a part of all that I have met,” but a novel classroom tool created by researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech may be the first to make students actually believe it. Virus Tracker In a Box (http://www.vtib.vbi.vt.edu) allows students to use bar-coded wristbands to follow the path of a virus in real time, from an initial...
    The late Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson may have declared, “I am a part of all that I have met,” but a novel classroom tool created by researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech may be the first to make students actually believe it. Virus Tracker In a Box (http://www.vtib.vbi.vt.edu) allows students to use bar-coded wristbands to follow the path of a virus in real time, from an initial...
  • Local lawyers to answer questions about senior care

    Local lawyers to answer questions about senior care

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-09 14:54:07 GMT
    Lawyers that specialize in elder law will answer questions about paying for senior care, Medicare, and protection from scammers.
    Lawyers that specialize in elder law will answer questions about paying for senior care, Medicare, and protection from scammers.
  • Montgomery Co. to teach families gardening

    Montgomery Co. to teach families gardening

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:41:41 GMT
    Virginia Cooperative Extension will soon start a family gardening series for families in Montgomery County. The sessions start later this month and run all summer long.
    Virginia Cooperative Extension will soon start a family gardening series for families in Montgomery County. The sessions start later this month and run all summer long.
  • Virginia Tech and Rolls-Royce join forces for research

    Virginia Tech and Rolls-Royce join forces for research

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:10:21 GMT
    Virginia Tech and Rolls-Royce are teaming up again. The announcement, made this afternoon, brings Virginia Tech, Rolls-Royce and the University of Virginia together as part of the global Rolls-Royce University Technology Centers (UTC) network.
    Virginia Tech and Rolls-Royce are teaming up again. The announcement, made this afternoon, brings Virginia Tech, Rolls-Royce and the University of Virginia together as part of the global Rolls-Royce University Technology Centers (UTC) network.
  • Timesaver Traffic: Wednesday, April 9

    Timesaver Traffic: Wednesday, April 9

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:08 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:08:29 GMT
    We're following several road closures across the region this Wednesday morning.
    We're following several road closures across the region this Wednesday morning.
  • Botetourt Sports Complex adding 2 new fields

    Botetourt Sports Complex adding 2 new fields

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:05 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:05:36 GMT
    The Complex draws an average of 25,000 visitors per year from 25 states.
    The Complex draws an average of 25,000 visitors per year from 25 states.
  • What's News Today, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    What's News Today, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:01 AM EDT2014-04-09 10:01:03 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.
  • Town tears down home of a Clifton Forge man who survived house fire

    Town tears down home of a Clifton Forge man who survived house fire

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-04-09 01:21:34 GMT
    A Clifton Forge man survived a house fire and was surprised to see that town officials already tore down his home. Town leaders said they building was not structurally safe. Piles of burnt wood, charred
    A Clifton Forge man survived a house fire and was surprised to see that town officials already tore down his home. Town leaders said they building was not structurally safe. Piles of burnt wood, charred clothes and other fire damaged items are all that remains of James Richmond's home on Ridgeway Street. On Sunday, Richmond was alarmed to hear his son's voice. "I woke up and hear
  • Va. Senate passes budget with expanded Medicaid

    Va. Senate passes budget with expanded Medicaid

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:31:01 GMT
    The Virginia Senate approved its version of a roughly $96 billion two-year budget Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats pointed fingers over who is responsible for a potential state government shutdown. 
    The Virginia Senate approved its version of a roughly $96 billion two-year budget Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats pointed fingers over who is responsible for a potential state government shutdown. 
  • UPDATE: 85 percent of meth busts statewide are in Southwest Virginia

    UPDATE: 85 percent of meth busts statewide are in Southwest Virginia

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:56:54 GMT
    In 2013, police busted more than 400 meth labs across Virginia. 85 percent of those came from Southwest Virginia. State Police say the problem has been spreading from west to east.
    In 2013, police busted more than 400 meth labs across Virginia. 85 percent of those came from Southwest Virginia. State Police say the problem has been spreading from west to east.
  • Several thousand people are expected for 70th D-Day Anniversary

    Several thousand people are expected for 70th D-Day Anniversary

    Several thousand people are expected for 70th D-Day Anniversary

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:46:19 GMT
    The D-Day Memorial will see about 8,000 people for its 70th anniversary in June. The D-Day Memorial will see about 8,000 people for its 70th anniversary in June.
    Several thousand people are expected to be in the Bedford area for the 70th D-Day Anniversary. Many of those people will shop, eat, and stay at local hotels which means a big boost for the economy. Some of the events include an outdoor movie night, a parade, musical performance, and a history project.Even though the anniversary is in June, several hotels are already booked in Lynchburg such as the Hilton Garden Inn and Downtown Holiday Inn.We spoke to one of the organizers for the ceremony an...
    Several thousand people are expected to be in the Bedford area for the 70th D-Day Anniversary. Many of those people will shop, eat, and stay at local hotels which means a big boost for the economy. Some of the events include an outdoor movie night, a parade, musical performance, and a history project.Even though the anniversary is in June, several hotels are already booked in Lynchburg such as the Hilton Garden Inn and Downtown Holiday Inn.We spoke to one of the organizers for the ceremony an...
  • HOPEtalks at Virginia Tech Raises Community Cancer Awareness

    HOPEtalks at Virginia Tech Raises Community Cancer Awareness

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-04-08 21:11:14 GMT
    This is the first year for the HOPEtalks event on campus at Virginia Tech. The goal is to set fundraising aside for a night and focus on the mission and reason behind fundraising for The American Cancer
    This is the first year for the HOPEtalks event on campus at Virginia Tech. The goal is to set fundraising aside for a night and focus on the mission and reason behind fundraising for The American Cancer Society. The event is free to the public on Thursday from 700-900p at the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech. There will be 14 different speakers ranging from cancer survivo
  • Rocky Mount man arrested for putting toddler in scalding hot water

    Rocky Mount man arrested for putting toddler in scalding hot water

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 2:27 PM EDT2014-04-08 18:27:59 GMT
    A Rocky Mount man is arrested for putting a toddler inside a bathtub filled with scalding hot water.  Rocky Mount Police say Shaquille Hancock put a 2-year-old boy inside a bathtub with the water temperature reaching 149 degrees.  
    A Rocky Mount man is arrested for putting a toddler inside a bathtub filled with scalding hot water.  Rocky Mount Police say Shaquille Hancock put a 2-year-old boy inside a bathtub with the water temperature reaching 149 degrees.  
  • LewisGale COO resigns for job at LifePoint

    LewisGale COO resigns for job at LifePoint

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-04-08 15:55:57 GMT
    A spokesperson for LewisGale has confirmed to WSLS 10 that Bill Caldwell resigned at the end of March. He worked for LewisGale Regional Health System for six years. His most current role was as COO for LewisGale Medical Center, he also had served as administrator of LewisGale Physicians. His new job is CEO of one of LifePoint's hospitals.LewisGale is currently looking for a new person to fill the COO position.Last year, LewisGale President, Victor Giovanetti, left for a job at LifePoint. READ...
    A spokesperson for LewisGale has confirmed to WSLS 10 that Bill Caldwell resigned at the end of March. He worked for LewisGale Regional Health System for six years. His most current role was as COO for LewisGale Medical Center, he also had served as administrator of LewisGale Physicians. His new job is CEO of one of LifePoint's hospitals.LewisGale is currently looking for a new person to fill the COO position.Last year, LewisGale President, Victor Giovanetti, left for a job at LifePoint. READ...
  • ABC confirms investigation on 202 Market for striptease performance

    ABC confirms investigation on 202 Market for striptease performance

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-04-08 13:45:42 GMT
    The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is investigating a complaint about a strip tease performance happening at 202 Market in Downtown Roanoke. A spokesperson with ABC says an anonymous complaint came in alleging that 202 Market was hosting a group of male strippers from Las Vegas.
    The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is investigating a complaint about a strip tease performance happening at 202 Market in Downtown Roanoke. A spokesperson with ABC says an anonymous complaint came in alleging that 202 Market was hosting a group of male strippers from Las Vegas.
  • Governor Terry McAuliffe to speak at VMI today

    Governor Terry McAuliffe to speak at VMI today

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-04-08 13:25:36 GMT
    Governor Terry McAuliffe will speak at the 25th annual Environmental Symposium today at VMI at 1 p.m..
    Governor Terry McAuliffe will speak at the 25th annual Environmental Symposium today at VMI at 1 p.m..
  • World-class cyclist who crossed three continents to speak at Virginia Tech

    World-class cyclist who crossed three continents to speak at Virginia Tech

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:35 AM EDT2014-04-08 10:35:05 GMT
    Sylvester will be on campus Tuesday night from 5-6:45 in the auditorium of Fralin Hall.
    Sylvester will be on campus Tuesday night from 5-6:45 in the auditorium of Fralin Hall.
  • Salem Red Sox prepare for home opener tonight

    Salem Red Sox prepare for home opener tonight

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-04-08 10:27:19 GMT
    The Salem Red Sox home opener is tonight and there are new things in store for fans this season. The Sox will take on Winston-Salem tonight at 7:05 p.m. at LewisGale Field.
    The Salem Red Sox home opener is tonight and there are new things in store for fans this season. The Sox will take on Winston-Salem tonight at 7:05 p.m. at LewisGale Field.
  • What's News Today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    What's News Today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-04-08 10:11:39 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. 
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. 
  • VDOT announces addition to I81 construction detour

    VDOT announces addition to I81 construction detour

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 4:49 AM EDT2014-04-08 08:49:42 GMT
    VDOT has announced an addition to the I81 northbound construction detour.From now until Monday, April 14, traffic is being detoured off I81 northbound at exit 118C in Christiansburg onto Route 11/460.
    VDOT has announced an addition to the I81 northbound construction detour.From now until Monday, April 14, traffic is being detoured off I81 northbound at exit 118C in Christiansburg onto Route 11/460.
  • Plans for Mill Mountain Advisory Board moves forward

    Plans for Mill Mountain Advisory Board moves forward

    Monday, April 7 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-04-08 01:12:51 GMT
    The Roanoke city council approved an ordinance to officially establish the Mill Mountain Advisory Board, instead of a committee that's been in place nearly 50 years. As part of the amended ordinance allows for a committee that can review specific proposals for development in the Mill Mountain area. "We are happy to have this behind us and we are satisfied with the end result" said Nancy Dye, Chair of the Mill Mountain Advisory committee. We will go forward as a permanent board instead of an a...
    The Roanoke city council approved an ordinance to officially establish the Mill Mountain Advisory Board, instead of a committee that's been in place nearly 50 years. As part of the amended ordinance allows for a committee that can review specific proposals for development in the Mill Mountain area. "We are happy to have this behind us and we are satisfied with the end result" said Nancy Dye, Chair of the Mill Mountain Advisory committee. We will go forward as a permanent board instead of an a...
  • Rain Will Help Resolve Franklin County Manure Spill

    Rain Will Help Resolve Franklin County Manure Spill

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:53:13 GMT
    "Signs have been posted along the Pigg River at the Waid Park Recreation area, to advise citizens to avoid recreational use of these waters – swimming, fishing, wading or otherwise coming into contact
    "Signs have been posted along the Pigg River at the Waid Park Recreation area, to advise citizens to avoid recreational use of these waters – swimming, fishing, wading or otherwise coming into contact with these waters - until further notice," according to Virginia
  • Virginia Tech expands on a new portion of the Huckleberry Trail

    Virginia Tech expands on a new portion of the Huckleberry Trail

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:39:21 GMT
    Officials say the new Hokie Bike-way is a multipurpose trial where anyone can use it and the main purpose for it is to have students who live in Foxridge and Hethwood communities a better and safer way to commute to and from campus "it's allowing people to use a new segment of trail they might have had to jump on a roadway for part of the trip," Debby Freed with the Virginia Tech Alternative Transportation said. The new trail cost 500 thousand dollars paid in part through grants from VDOT.
    Officials say the new Hokie Bike-way is a multipurpose trial where anyone can use it and the main purpose for it is to have students who live in Foxridge and Hethwood communities a better and safer way to commute to and from campus "it's allowing people to use a new segment of trail they might have had to jump on a roadway for part of the trip," Debby Freed with the Virginia Tech Alternative Transportation said. The new trail cost 500 thousand dollars paid in part through grants from VDOT.
  • Fire at Ply Gem Windows in Rocky Mount

    UPDATE Fire at Ply Gem Windows in Rocky Mount

    UPDATE Fire at Ply Gem Windows in Rocky Mount

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:32:11 GMT
    Firefighters are working a fire at Ply Gem Windows in Rocky Mount.
    Firefighters are working a fire at Ply Gem Windows in Rocky Mount.
  • Roanoke city receives new electric car charging station

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:25:34 GMT
    Roanoke City Council approved the donation of what will become the strongest electric car charging station in the city. It will be the star city's third charging station. It's a level 3, which means it can fully charge your electric car in about thirty minutes. Kenneth Cronin, Director of Sustainability for the City says that Virginia Clean Cities, an organization that works to promote the use of alternative fuels...
    Roanoke City Council approved the donation of what will become the strongest electric car charging station in the city. It will be the star city's third charging station. It's a level 3, which means it can fully charge your electric car in about thirty minutes. Kenneth Cronin, Director of Sustainability for the City says that Virginia Clean Cities, an organization that works to promote the use of alternative fuels...
  • Forest Volunteer Fire Dept. Sees increase in calls and time on them

    Forest Volunteer Fire Dept. Sees increase in calls and time on them

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:31:33 GMT
    The Forest Volunteer Fire Department is seeing an increase in the number of calls it received and the hours spent responding to them. We found out the numbers of calls increased by 20% and the department
    The Forest Volunteer Fire Department is seeing an increase in the number of calls it received and the hours spent responding to them. We found out the numbers of calls increased by 20% and the department spent 3,069 hours for calls for service from January to March this year compared to the same time frame last year. A possible reason for the increase is the population increase a
  • Lime shortage prompts some airlines to drop limes from beverage service

    Lime shortage prompts some airlines to drop limes from beverage service

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:29:03 GMT
    A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines - for now - to stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.
    A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines - for now - to stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.
  • ABC investigates illegal gambling in Roanoke City

    ABC investigates illegal gambling in Roanoke City

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:23:52 GMT
    ABC is investigating an alleged illegal gambling operation in Roanoke City.According to search warrants, an undercover special agent reported seeing illegal gambling machines at the Paradise Deli Mart on Melrose Avenue NW. According to the agent, these machines required payment to play, and through “chance” a possibility of a cash payout. According to search warrants, during ABC’s search, investigators seized a gambl...
    ABC is investigating an alleged illegal gambling operation in Roanoke City.According to search warrants, an undercover special agent reported seeing illegal gambling machines at the Paradise Deli Mart on Melrose Avenue NW. According to the agent, these machines required payment to play, and through “chance” a possibility of a cash payout. According to search warrants, during ABC’s search, investigators seized a gambl...
  • Roanoke City Council moves forward with plans to establish a Mill Mountain Advisory Board

    Roanoke City Council moves forward with plans to establish a Mill Mountain Advisory Board

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:19:01 GMT
    Roanoke city council approved an ordinance to establish the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee as am advisory board. In addition, the amended ordinance allows for the creation of an ad hoc committee to review
    Roanoke city council approved an ordinance to establish the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee as am advisory board. In addition, the amended ordinance allows for the creation of an ad hoc committee to review specific proposals for development along certain areas of Mill Mountain.
  • Roanoke city council postpones vote on proposed cell tower

    Roanoke city council postpones vote on proposed cell tower

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-04-07 21:17:39 GMT
    Roanoke city council postponed a vote on whether or not a cell tower can be built in Roanoke. Among other things, city council members expressed concerns about a lack of community meetings as well as
    Roanoke city council postponed a vote on whether or not a cell tower can be built in Roanoke. Among other things, city council members expressed concerns about a lack of community meetings as well as design plans for the proposed cell tower. The city council plans to discuss the proposed cell tower during the June 16th at 7pm.
  • Gov. McAuliffe signs mental health bill

    Gov. McAuliffe signs mental health bill

    A key part of Sen. Creigh Deeds' efforts to fix Virginia's mental health system is now law.
    A key part of Sen. Creigh Deeds' efforts to fix Virginia's mental health system is now law.
  • Virginia Tech Researchers Find The Best Way to Catch Stink Bugs

    Virginia Tech Researchers Find The Best Way to Catch Stink Bugs

    Monday, April 7 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-04-07 17:08:15 GMT
    Virginia Tech researchers in the entomology department have studied several different options for catching stinkbugs in your home and came up with one very simple option that will cost you about seven
    Virginia Tech researchers in the entomology department have studied several different options for catching stinkbugs in your home and came up with one very simple option that will cost you about seven dollars. After two years of studying three different traps the most effective one involved a turkey roasting pan, half gallon of water, and some dish liquid. Tonight more on the tas
  • CarMax hiring for new store in Lynchburg

    CarMax hiring for new store in Lynchburg

    Monday, April 7 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-07 15:31:52 GMT
    CarMax, Inc. is currently hiring for the company’s new store in Lynchburg, Va. It is CarMax’s first store in Lynchburg and its tenth store in Virginia. The new Lynchburg store, which is more than 8,000 square-feet, is scheduled to open in August 2014 at 507 Simons Run. Applications are now being accepted for the available positions on the retailer’s website at www.carmax.com/careers.Positions includefull and part-time hours.Available positions include auto repair specialists and customer spec...
    CarMax, Inc. is currently hiring for the company’s new store in Lynchburg, Va. It is CarMax’s first store in Lynchburg and its tenth store in Virginia. The new Lynchburg store, which is more than 8,000 square-feet, is scheduled to open in August 2014 at 507 Simons Run. Applications are now being accepted for the available positions on the retailer’s website at www.carmax.com/careers.Positions includefull and part-time hours.Available positions include auto repair specialists and customer spec...
  • Christiansburg rolls out new trash cans

    Christiansburg rolls out new trash cans

    Monday, April 7 2014 10:10 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:10:28 GMT
    The town of Christiansburg will begin using a new automated trash collection today.
    The town of Christiansburg will begin using a new automated trash collection today.
  • Delegate Yost uses online survey for Medicaid input

    Delegate Yost uses online survey for Medicaid input

    Monday, April 7 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:08:15 GMT
    The House of Delegates will head into special session tomorrow and tackle a two year budget with part of the focus being whether or not to expand Medicaid.
    The House of Delegates will head into special session tomorrow and tackle a two year budget with part of the focus being whether or not to expand Medicaid.
  • What's News Today, Monday, April 7, 2014

    What's News Today, Monday, April 7, 2014

    Monday, April 7 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-04-07 12:32:26 GMT
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. 
    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. 
  • Polymer Solutions will break ground on new Christiansburg facility Monday morning

    Polymer Solutions will break ground on new Christiansburg facility Monday morning

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:15 AM EDT2014-04-07 10:15:37 GMT
    Since 2010, at least 12 Virginia Tech alumni have founded or led companies that created almost 500 new jobs and generated more than $13 million in the New River Valley.
    Since 2010, at least 12 Virginia Tech alumni have founded or led companies that created almost 500 new jobs and generated more than $13 million in the New River Valley.
  • NRV Economic Alliance expects to draw more companies after recent announcements

    NRV Economic Alliance expects to draw more companies after recent announcements

    Monday, April 7 2014 5:56 AM EDT2014-04-07 09:56:58 GMT
    After a strong 2013 for economic announcements, the New River Valley is ready for those jobs to become a reality. Red Sun Farms,the candle manufacturer Korona S.A.,and Falls Stamping and Welding each made major investments in the Pulaski area in 2013.
    After a strong 2013 for economic announcements, the New River Valley is ready for those jobs to become a reality. Red Sun Farms,the candle manufacturer Korona S.A.,and Falls Stamping and Welding each made major investments in the Pulaski area in 2013.
  • 150th Anniversary Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

    150th Anniversary Battle of Cloyd's Mountain

    Sunday, April 6 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-04-07 01:06:06 GMT
    For several people in Dublin today was a history lesson.Spectators watched a reenactment of the battle on Cloyd's Mountain.Organizers say about 2-thousand people attended Saturday's event and several hundred more people showed up Sunday to learn about what happened during the battle.People also had the opportunity to learn how women helped contribute during the Civil War.
    For several people in Dublin today was a history lesson.Spectators watched a reenactment of the battle on Cloyd's Mountain.Organizers say about 2-thousand people attended Saturday's event and several hundred more people showed up Sunday to learn about what happened during the battle.People also had the opportunity to learn how women helped contribute during the Civil War.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association holds Muscle Walks and Amazing Games

    Muscular Dystrophy Association holds Muscle Walks and Amazing Games

    Sunday, April 6 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-04-07 00:59:44 GMT
    Several hundred people took part in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "muscle walk and amazing race" games at the Salem Civic Center... all to help children affected with the disease. Some of the games featured...wheelchair races..."Rock n Sock."They raised $60-thousand dollars last year and hope for the same this year. "Looking around today and seeing so many great groups and volunteers people who are for the right reason to save lives and to make a muscle and make a difference that wa...
    Several hundred people took part in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "muscle walk and amazing race" games at the Salem Civic Center... all to help children affected with the disease. Some of the games featured...wheelchair races..."Rock n Sock."They raised $60-thousand dollars last year and hope for the same this year. "Looking around today and seeing so many great groups and volunteers people who are for the right reason to save lives and to make a muscle and make a difference that wa...
  • Construction Starts in Blacksburg for New Imax Theatre

    Construction Starts in Blacksburg for New Imax Theatre

    Sunday, April 6 2014 8:54 PM EDT2014-04-07 00:54:04 GMT
    After several months of waiting, construction is finally underway on the new imax theatre in blacksburg.Construction workers are building the new I-MAX Theatre bowling alley and restaurant...Businesses in Blacksburg's First and Main shopping plaza say they can't wait to see it complete. "We're very excited for the theatre to come in we need an anchor in this shopping center in order for it to become successful," Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Manager Wyatt Lifsey said. Lifsey says the Imax The...
    After several months of waiting, construction is finally underway on the new imax theatre in blacksburg.Construction workers are building the new I-MAX Theatre bowling alley and restaurant...Businesses in Blacksburg's First and Main shopping plaza say they can't wait to see it complete. "We're very excited for the theatre to come in we need an anchor in this shopping center in order for it to become successful," Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Manager Wyatt Lifsey said. Lifsey says the Imax The...
  • Bitter winter takes toll in Va. vineyards

    Bitter winter takes toll in Va. vineyards

    Sunday, April 6 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-04-06 18:48:56 GMT
    VAL VAN METER, The Winchester Star The harsh conditions of winter and early spring 2013-14 have taken their toll on grapevines. "We're going through nearly a perfect storm in the Virginia wine grape industry," said Jim Bogaty, owner of Veramar Vineyard, located east of Berryville in Clarke County. The bitter winter cold, coupled with a late frost on Mother's Day last year, has done major damage to local vines. This comes at a time when Virginia's quickly growing wine industry needs more, not ...
    VAL VAN METER, The Winchester Star The harsh conditions of winter and early spring 2013-14 have taken their toll on grapevines. "We're going through nearly a perfect storm in the Virginia wine grape industry," said Jim Bogaty, owner of Veramar Vineyard, located east of Berryville in Clarke County. The bitter winter cold, coupled with a late frost on Mother's Day last year, has done major damage to local vines. This comes at a time when Virginia's quickly growing wine industry needs more, not ...
  • McAuliffe signs slew of bills

    McAuliffe signs slew of bills

    Sunday, April 6 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-04-06 18:46:56 GMT
    ALAN SUDERMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a slew of bills into law, including ones that will reduce the number standardized tests students have to take, toughen penalties for celebratory gun fire, and require new textbooks to label the body of water separating Japan and the Koreas as both the Sea of Japan and the East Sea. Monday is the deadline for signing most of the bills passed during the 2014 legislative session, and McAuliffe has already signed several hundred into...
    ALAN SUDERMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a slew of bills into law, including ones that will reduce the number standardized tests students have to take, toughen penalties for celebratory gun fire, and require new textbooks to label the body of water separating Japan and the Koreas as both the Sea of Japan and the East Sea. Monday is the deadline for signing most of the bills passed during the 2014 legislative session, and McAuliffe has already signed several hundred into...
  • Virginia Tech's "The Big Event" gives back huge in Montgomery County

    Virginia Tech's "The Big Event" gives back huge in Montgomery County

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-04-05 23:04:53 GMT
    Virginia Tech students got excited for “The Big Event,” which brought in thousands of student volunteers to help people living in Montgomery County. Keith Bardsley, who is on the executive board for “The Big Event,” says they were expecting just over 7,000 people to volunteer, but that number grew—7,800 students decided to give back. “The opportunity to give back to your community, no matter what community you live ...
    Virginia Tech students got excited for “The Big Event,” which brought in thousands of student volunteers to help people living in Montgomery County. Keith Bardsley, who is on the executive board for “The Big Event,” says they were expecting just over 7,000 people to volunteer, but that number grew—7,800 students decided to give back. “The opportunity to give back to your community, no matter what community you live ...
  • Va. sees sharp increase in heroin deaths

    Va. sees sharp increase in heroin deaths

    Saturday, April 5 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-04-05 22:55:08 GMT
    Some states, including Virginia, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in Virginia: THE PROBLEM: Because of a sharp increase in heroin abuse over the last two years, Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steve Flaherty said combating the drug has become top priority for law enforcement. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Virginia's highest use areas ...
    Some states, including Virginia, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. A look at what's happening in Virginia: THE PROBLEM: Because of a sharp increase in heroin abuse over the last two years, Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steve Flaherty said combating the drug has become top priority for law enforcement. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Virginia's highest use areas ...
  • Train Day in Radford

    Train Day in Radford

    Saturday, April 5 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-05 22:38:39 GMT
    Hundreds of people rode a train into Radford today for “train day”. People had the chance to experience what the city had to offer during their visit. 750 people were on the train excursion via a steam engine from Bristol to Radford. Once in Radford, visitors were able to explore and shop downtown. It’s the second year for the train excursion, and this year it grew. “It allows people to see our community and see...
    Hundreds of people rode a train into Radford today for “train day”. People had the chance to experience what the city had to offer during their visit. 750 people were on the train excursion via a steam engine from Bristol to Radford. Once in Radford, visitors were able to explore and shop downtown. It’s the second year for the train excursion, and this year it grew. “It allows people to see our community and see...
  • Military honoring others who served by offering breakfast

    Military honoring others who served by offering breakfast

    Saturday, April 5 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-05 22:33:55 GMT
    In the New River Valley, local veterans met in Christiansburg for breakfast this morning to bond over military service. The group, known as the “Veterans of Foreign Wars”, is made up of veterans from all over the New River Valley who have fought in wars overseas. The breakfast this morning was open to anyone who served in the military. Vietnam veteran Daniel Maderic says he feels the need to give back to his fellow ...
    In the New River Valley, local veterans met in Christiansburg for breakfast this morning to bond over military service. The group, known as the “Veterans of Foreign Wars”, is made up of veterans from all over the New River Valley who have fought in wars overseas. The breakfast this morning was open to anyone who served in the military. Vietnam veteran Daniel Maderic says he feels the need to give back to his fellow ...
  • WSLS honored with four Virginia Associated Press Awards

    WSLS honored with four Virginia Associated Press Awards

    Saturday, April 5 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-04-05 21:13:30 GMT
    WSLS was honored with four Virginia Associated Press Awards. -Meritorious Best weather forecast -Meritorious Douglas Southall Freeman award for public service for our Making a Difference series -Meritorious award for the WSLS website -Meritorious spot photography award for our coverage of the mall parking lot flooding
    WSLS was honored with four Virginia Associated Press Awards. -Meritorious Best weather forecast -Meritorious Douglas Southall Freeman award for public service for our Making a Difference series -Meritorious award for the WSLS website -Meritorious spot photography award for our coverage of the mall parking lot flooding
  • Amherst County Sheriff's Deputy dies

    Amherst County Sheriff's Deputy dies

    Saturday, April 5 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-04-05 19:43:19 GMT
    Courtesy: Amherst County Sheriff's OfficeCourtesy: Amherst County Sheriff's Office
    An Amherst County Sheriff's Office deputy died early Saturday morning according to a news release. Deputy Eddie Wayne Martin died suddenly of an apparent heart attack according to the Sheriff's Office. Wayne was 57 years old and has served Central Virginia law enforcement for a number of years. Whitten's Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
    An Amherst County Sheriff's Office deputy died early Saturday morning according to a news release. Deputy Eddie Wayne Martin died suddenly of an apparent heart attack according to the Sheriff's Office. Wayne was 57 years old and has served Central Virginia law enforcement for a number of years. Whitten's Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
  • Former UVA lacrosse player denied rehearing on appeal

    Former UVA lacrosse player denied rehearing on appeal

    Saturday, April 5 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-04-05 19:24:19 GMT
    Attorneys for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend have been denied a rehearing on his appeal. Attorneys for George W. Huguely V now say they are considering other options, including an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court. They had sought a full hearing before the Court of Appeals of Virginia, but that was rejected. His conviction was affirmed in March. Huguely is serving a 23-year prison term in Virginia for the May 2010 beating death of Yea...
    Attorneys for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend have been denied a rehearing on his appeal. Attorneys for George W. Huguely V now say they are considering other options, including an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court. They had sought a full hearing before the Court of Appeals of Virginia, but that was rejected. His conviction was affirmed in March. Huguely is serving a 23-year prison term in Virginia for the May 2010 beating death of Yea...
  • Race for the Cure online registration ends Wednesday night

    Race for the Cure online registration ends Wednesday night

    Saturday, April 5 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-04-05 19:20:44 GMT
    Do you tutu? You've probably heard that a lot over the last few weeks and possibly seen them around town. It's the theme for this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It's the fifth year for the event raising money for our local affiliate, the Virginia Blue Ridge. It is the non-profit's largest fundraiser. 75-percent of the money stays right here in southwest Virginia providing breast cancer education and screenings. "The event is so fun. It's a celebration. It's a true celebration of the...
    Do you tutu? You've probably heard that a lot over the last few weeks and possibly seen them around town. It's the theme for this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It's the fifth year for the event raising money for our local affiliate, the Virginia Blue Ridge. It is the non-profit's largest fundraiser. 75-percent of the money stays right here in southwest Virginia providing breast cancer education and screenings. "The event is so fun. It's a celebration. It's a true celebration of the...
  • Roanoke County Fire Causes $50,000 in Damages

    Roanoke County Fire Causes $50,000 in Damages

    Saturday, April 5 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-04-05 18:58:35 GMT
    Roanoke County fire investigators are not able to identify exactly what sparked a house fire that broke out on Underhill Avenue Friday afternoon. They do believe it to be accidental in nature. The fire caused extensive damage to the room of origin—the front bedroom—as well as causing smoke and water damage to the rest of the home causing an estimated $50,000 damages.A family of four is now displaced. The two dogs and one cat that were missing yesterday have been found alive and well.Roanoke C...
    Roanoke County fire investigators are not able to identify exactly what sparked a house fire that broke out on Underhill Avenue Friday afternoon. They do believe it to be accidental in nature. The fire caused extensive damage to the room of origin—the front bedroom—as well as causing smoke and water damage to the rest of the home causing an estimated $50,000 damages.A family of four is now displaced. The two dogs and one cat that were missing yesterday have been found alive and well.Roanoke C...
  • Man arrested in Roanoke, shots fired report near Lewis-Gale

    Man arrested in Roanoke, shots fired report near Lewis-Gale

    Friday, April 4 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-04-05 03:46:55 GMT
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    Roanoke City Police are working to bring a peaceful end to a standoff with a man near Lewis-Gale.
    Roanoke City Police are working to bring a peaceful end to a standoff with a man near Lewis-Gale.
  • Homes in Old Southwest Roanoke may see new life if rezoning approved

    Homes in Old Southwest Roanoke may see new life if rezoning approved

    Homes in Old Southwest Roanoke may see new life if rezoning approved

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:45:34 GMT
    A real estate developer is wanting to improve Elm Avenue by turning these homes into apartments and for commercial use.A real estate developer is wanting to improve Elm Avenue by turning these homes into apartments and for commercial use.
    Some of the homes in Old Southwest have been empty for years but some of them on Elm Avenue will see new life outside and inside. Barry Bellamy is a real estate developer in Roanoke and restores homes.He focuses on areas that have potential but recently hit a road block with his vision.The homes he owns on Elm Avenue and Fifth Street are zoned as residential but he's hoping to turn them into apartments and for commercial use too.The homes are located in what the city calls "village centers," ...
    Some of the homes in Old Southwest have been empty for years but some of them on Elm Avenue will see new life outside and inside. Barry Bellamy is a real estate developer in Roanoke and restores homes.He focuses on areas that have potential but recently hit a road block with his vision.The homes he owns on Elm Avenue and Fifth Street are zoned as residential but he's hoping to turn them into apartments and for commercial use too.The homes are located in what the city calls "village centers," ...
  • Multiple agencies step in to help Heather Hodges case

    Multiple agencies step in to help Heather Hodges case

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:16:54 GMT
    The Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen says recently Virginia State Police and the federal government has stepped in to help with the investigation.
    The Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen says recently Virginia State Police and the federal government has stepped in to help with the investigation.
  • Roanoke Civic Center hoping to makeup revenue in coming months

    Roanoke Civic Center hoping to makeup revenue in coming months

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:08:05 GMT
    The Roanoke Civic Center is reporting a year to date operating loss of more than $1.9 million through February. That includes debt like payments on the on the special events center and administration building and operating losses like winter weather expenses and some concerts that didn't happen. The Roanoke Civic Center hasn't filled as many seats as they would have like to this year due to several concerts that didn't happen leaving them without about $180,000 in income "Our business is cont...
    The Roanoke Civic Center is reporting a year to date operating loss of more than $1.9 million through February. That includes debt like payments on the on the special events center and administration building and operating losses like winter weather expenses and some concerts that didn't happen. The Roanoke Civic Center hasn't filled as many seats as they would have like to this year due to several concerts that didn't happen leaving them without about $180,000 in income "Our business is cont...
  • New details in death of Pulaski infant

    New details in death of Pulaski infant

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:06:04 GMT
    A search warrant shows the father of the infant found dead in Pulaski County showed investigators where to find his son.
    A search warrant shows the father of the infant found dead in Pulaski County showed investigators where to find his son.
  • Newport opens their first ever library

    Newport opens their first ever library

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:01:48 GMT
    One community in the new river valley is celebrating a major milestone Saturday, the opening of their first library. Community leaders in Newport, Giles County combined their money together several years ago to buy the old Newport High School to turn it into the community center which will now feature their first library along with the community museum and theatre. The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, w...
    One community in the new river valley is celebrating a major milestone Saturday, the opening of their first library. Community leaders in Newport, Giles County combined their money together several years ago to buy the old Newport High School to turn it into the community center which will now feature their first library along with the community museum and theatre. The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, w...
  • Sinkhole closes Roanoke City roadway

    Sinkhole closes Roanoke City roadway

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:00:57 GMT
    With recent rainfall, a sinkhole has opened up on a Roanoke City roadway.The sinkhole is about four feet in diameter and about one foot deep.The sinkhole has closed a portion of Southern Hills Drive in the Southwest portion of the city. The closure is between the 4200 and 4300 blocks, or from where Southern Hills Drive intersects Van Winkle and Griffin roads. Police say they are advising drivers to take alternate routes.
    With recent rainfall, a sinkhole has opened up on a Roanoke City roadway.The sinkhole is about four feet in diameter and about one foot deep.The sinkhole has closed a portion of Southern Hills Drive in the Southwest portion of the city. The closure is between the 4200 and 4300 blocks, or from where Southern Hills Drive intersects Van Winkle and Griffin roads. Police say they are advising drivers to take alternate routes.
  • Sex offender caught trying to check in at Roanoke County School

    Sex offender caught trying to check in at Roanoke County School

    Friday, April 4 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-04-04 20:49:27 GMT
    A Roanoke fugitive sex offender is behind bars, thanks to the help of Roanoke County Public Schools.35-year-old Michael Anthony has been arrested and is in custody at the Roanoke City Jail without bond. Police say Anthony failed to comply with state law and register as a sex offender in the commonwealth.On Tuesday, Anthony arrived at a Roanoke County Middle School to pick up his girlfriend's son. When he checked in, the security management system immediately alerted theUS Department of Justic...
    A Roanoke fugitive sex offender is behind bars, thanks to the help of Roanoke County Public Schools.35-year-old Michael Anthony has been arrested and is in custody at the Roanoke City Jail without bond. Police say Anthony failed to comply with state law and register as a sex offender in the commonwealth.On Tuesday, Anthony arrived at a Roanoke County Middle School to pick up his girlfriend's son. When he checked in, the security management system immediately alerted theUS Department of Justic...
  • LewisGale looking to hire more registered nurses

    LewisGale looking to hire more registered nurses

    Friday, April 4 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-04 20:42:58 GMT
    Registered Nurses seeking a new and fulfilling career opportunity are encouraged to attend LewisGale’s Open House/Career Fair on April 9.All four LewisGale hospitals located in Salem, Low Moor, Pulaski and Blacksburg, have immediate openings and will have representatives available to meet with candidates. Nurses who preregister may also quality for an on-site interview with a Nurse Manager. Select positions will also be eligible for a sign-on bonus.
    Registered Nurses seeking a new and fulfilling career opportunity are encouraged to attend LewisGale’s Open House/Career Fair on April 9.All four LewisGale hospitals located in Salem, Low Moor, Pulaski and Blacksburg, have immediate openings and will have representatives available to meet with candidates. Nurses who preregister may also quality for an on-site interview with a Nurse Manager. Select positions will also be eligible for a sign-on bonus.
  • Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue responds to house fire

    Roanoke Co. Fire & Rescue responds to house fire

    Friday, April 4 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-04-04 19:12:16 GMT
    Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews responded to a house structure fire on Underhill Ave.
    Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews responded to a house structure fire on Underhill Ave.
  • He Said, She Said at the Movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

    He Said, She Said at the Movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

    Friday, April 4 2014 2:19 PM EDT2014-04-04 18:19:06 GMT
     WSLS 10's Erin Brookshier and Ryan Hunt review Marvel's newest entry.
     WSLS 10's Erin Brookshier and Ryan Hunt review Marvel's newest entry.
  • 6,000 pounds of copper stolen from a Roanoke business

    6,000 pounds of copper stolen from a Roanoke business

    Friday, April 4 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-04-04 18:15:14 GMT
    Roanoke Police are looking for a group of people who stole about 6,000 pounds of copper.The theft happened on Ferguson Enterprises on Blue Ridge Drive. Security footage from nearby businesses showed two suspect vehicles. One is a box truck belonging to Southern Air, and the other is a silverSUV. The box truck has been found in Mooresville, North Carolina.Police have provided surveillance footage of several suspects from the Sheetz store in Salem.If you have an information, call the Roanoke Va...
    Roanoke Police are looking for a group of people who stole about 6,000 pounds of copper.The theft happened on Ferguson Enterprises on Blue Ridge Drive. Security footage from nearby businesses showed two suspect vehicles. One is a box truck belonging to Southern Air, and the other is a silverSUV. The box truck has been found in Mooresville, North Carolina.Police have provided surveillance footage of several suspects from the Sheetz store in Salem.If you have an information, call the Roanoke Va...
  • Roanoke County school recognized for improvements

    Roanoke County school recognized for improvements

    Friday, April 4 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-04-04 16:29:44 GMT
    A Roanoke County school is being recognized for their improvements. Northside Middle School joins more than 380 middle school grades across the nation as "schools to watch". Principal Lori Wimbush has
    A Roanoke County school is being recognized for their improvements. Northside Middle School joins more than 380 middle school grades across the nation as "schools to watch". Principal Lori Wimbush has been working for eight years to make improvements including -raising test scores -Schoolwide discipline plan -listening to students and what they wanted out of their e
  • Farmers market ordinance passes Blacksburg planning commission, heads to town council

    Farmers market ordinance passes Blacksburg planning commission, heads to town council

    Friday, April 4 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-04-04 15:26:30 GMT
    The town council will address the ordinance in several work sessions, then hold a public hearing on May 13th.
    The town council will address the ordinance in several work sessions, then hold a public hearing on May 13th.
  • 94.9 Star Country DJs to serve Cupcakes for a Cause

    94.9 Star Country DJs to serve Cupcakes for a Cause

    Friday, April 4 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-04-04 14:20:30 GMT
    A local D.J. is the next to try his hand at serving cupcakes for a cause. 94.9 Star Country's Brian Mo will take part in the charity fundraiser at Bubblecake Bake shop in Crystal Spring tomorrow.
    A local D.J. is the next to try his hand at serving cupcakes for a cause. 94.9 Star Country's Brian Mo will take part in the charity fundraiser at Bubblecake Bake shop in Crystal Spring tomorrow.
  • Sheryl Crow to appear at Elmwood Park

    Sheryl Crow to appear at Elmwood Park

    Thursday, April 3 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-04-03 21:24:51 GMT
    Sheryl Crow is appearing in ElmwoodPark this summer.The "City of Roanoke's Welcome to Elmwood Park" concert will take placeThursday, July 31st, at 7:30. Tickets go on saleApril 17th.This is Crow's first appearance in Roanoke. The nine-timeGrammy Winner has sold more than 35 million albums.You can buy tickets at the Jefferson Center box officeat541 Luck Ave,by phone (540-345-2550), or at jeffcenter.org/crow Tickets go on sale April 17th at 7 a.m., and will cost $15 per person.For more on the "...
    Sheryl Crow is appearing in ElmwoodPark this summer.The "City of Roanoke's Welcome to Elmwood Park" concert will take placeThursday, July 31st, at 7:30. Tickets go on saleApril 17th.This is Crow's first appearance in Roanoke. The nine-timeGrammy Winner has sold more than 35 million albums.You can buy tickets at the Jefferson Center box officeat541 Luck Ave,by phone (540-345-2550), or at jeffcenter.org/crow Tickets go on sale April 17th at 7 a.m., and will cost $15 per person.For more on the "...
  • Blacksburg Police searching for fraud suspect

    Blacksburg Police searching for fraud suspect

    Thursday, April 3 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-04-03 20:39:00 GMT
    A mansuspected of using"multiple fraudulent credit cards" has been using those cards in our area.Blacksburg Police say the fake cards have been used in the Roanoke and New River Valleys to buy gift cards. Several Kroger grocery stores have been targeted. Security camerasshow "the same individual in all reported incidents" according topolice.If you know the person pictured here, or have information on this case, callBlacksburg Police at 540-961-1150. You can also call anonymously 540-961-1819 ...
    A mansuspected of using"multiple fraudulent credit cards" has been using those cards in our area.Blacksburg Police say the fake cards have been used in the Roanoke and New River Valleys to buy gift cards. Several Kroger grocery stores have been targeted. Security camerasshow "the same individual in all reported incidents" according topolice.If you know the person pictured here, or have information on this case, callBlacksburg Police at 540-961-1150. You can also call anonymously 540-961-1819 ...
  • Substance abuse issues on the rise in child abuse cases

    Substance abuse issues on the rise in child abuse cases

    Thursday, April 3 2014 6:29 AM EDT2014-04-03 10:29:48 GMT
    Child Protective Services in Montgomery County says they are seeing an increase in substance abuse issues related to their child abuse cases.
    Child Protective Services in Montgomery County says they are seeing an increase in substance abuse issues related to their child abuse cases.
  • Huckleberry Trail expansion costs big in southwest Virginia

    Huckleberry Trail expansion costs big in southwest Virginia

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-04-02 21:12:15 GMT
    BLACKSBURG - The section of the Huckleberry Trail scheduled to be built in Blacksburg during the next fiscal year is a three-quarter-mile stretch near Heritage Park that costs more than $370,000. Building officials say this compares to a national average of about $175,000 for one mile of comparable trail.This is because of all the challenges that southwest Virginia land can present. Dean craneBlacksburg Parks and Recreation director Dean Crane says,"Youhave slope which is tremendous to deal ...
    BLACKSBURG - The section of the Huckleberry Trail scheduled to be built in Blacksburg during the next fiscal year is a three-quarter-mile stretch near Heritage Park that costs more than $370,000. Building officials say this compares to a national average of about $175,000 for one mile of comparable trail.This is because of all the challenges that southwest Virginia land can present. Dean craneBlacksburg Parks and Recreation director Dean Crane says,"Youhave slope which is tremendous to deal ...
  • VT students testing, flying drones

    VT students testing, flying drones

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-04-02 20:19:21 GMT
    Virginia Tech students are testing drones at the Kentland Experimental Air Station. The University is one of six testing sites across the country. Current projects include: -detecting radiation -plant
    Virginia Tech students are testing drones at the Kentland Experimental Air Station. The University is one of six testing sites across the country. Current projects include -detecting radiation -plant disease -physics of flight -aerial imagery We will have more tonight on WSLS.
  • Update: Possible hazardous gas leak in Carroll Co.

    Update: Possible hazardous gas leak in Carroll Co.

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 10:45 PM EDT2014-04-02 02:45:43 GMT
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    Dispatchers in Carroll countysay a problem involving carbon monoxide is going on at Virginia Produce Company in Hillsville. We have a crew headed to the scene in Hillsville. We'll provide more details as theybecome available.
    Dispatchers in Carroll countysay a problem involving carbon monoxide is going on at Virginia Produce Company in Hillsville. We have a crew headed to the scene in Hillsville. We'll provide more details as theybecome available.
  • Maroon 5 and Jimmy Buffett to appear at Greenbrier Classic Concert

    Maroon 5 and Jimmy Buffett to appear at Greenbrier Classic Concert

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-04-01 18:25:30 GMT
    The Greenbrier just announced that Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 will perform at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday, July 4th. We'll have more details on the lineup for the Classic as they become available.
    The Greenbrier just announced that Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 will perform at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday, July 4th. We'll have more details on the lineup for the Classic as they become available.
  • Volvo truck plant to hire 200

    Volvo truck plant to hire 200

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-04-01 15:58:33 GMT
    In response to increased demand for its trucks, Volvo announced it will increase production at its New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin.
    In response to increased demand for its trucks, Volvo announced it will increase production at its New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin.
  • Police see surge in teen inhalant abuse

    Police see surge in teen inhalant abuse

    Monday, March 31 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-04-01 02:24:45 GMT
    Recently more than 600 whipped cream cans were found along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roanoke City police believe teens may be inhaling the nitrous oxide from the cans. The trend is known as huffing or whip-it's.
    Recently more than 600 whipped cream cans were found along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roanoke City police believe teens may be inhaling the nitrous oxide from the cans. The trend is known as huffing or whip-it's. WSLS Photographer Lee Friesland found nearly a dozen whipped cream bottles along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Marginal Arts Festival Attracts promoting Artist to visit Roanoke

    Marginal Arts Festival Attracts promoting Artist to visit Roanoke

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:15:58 GMT
    The Marginal Arts Festival may be over but it is having lasting impacts on the Star City. Officials with the Marginal Arts Festival say the goal is to bring people together and have a strong cultural impact. They say by having the festival it allows visitors as well as locals to see what downtown roanoke has to offer. "The alternative scene gives you a guarantee that there's a sub culture and there's room for diversity and there's room for people to try out new ideas and that indicates to ent...
    The Marginal Arts Festival may be over but it is having lasting impacts on the Star City. Officials with the Marginal Arts Festival say the goal is to bring people together and have a strong cultural impact. They say by having the festival it allows visitors as well as locals to see what downtown roanoke has to offer. "The alternative scene gives you a guarantee that there's a sub culture and there's room for diversity and there's room for people to try out new ideas and that indicates to ent...
  • Virginia Tech research team learns more about West Virginia chemical spill

    Virginia Tech research team learns more about West Virginia chemical spill

    Monday, March 31 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-03-31 22:07:23 GMT
    BLACKSBURG -A team of researchers at Virginia Tech continuesits efforts to understand more about MCHM, the chemical that spilled into West Virginia's Elk River early this year. Their latest data shows that people can detect this chemical's odor in the water at a much lower concentration than the Center for Disease Control has deemed safe. But to find out whetherMCHM is actually dangerous in these lower doses, there has to be more data about its behavior.Researcher Daniel Gallagher says, "Our ...
    BLACKSBURG -A team of researchers at Virginia Tech continuesits efforts to understand more about MCHM, the chemical that spilled into West Virginia's Elk River early this year. Their latest data shows that people can detect this chemical's odor in the water at a much lower concentration than the Center for Disease Control has deemed safe. But to find out whetherMCHM is actually dangerous in these lower doses, there has to be more data about its behavior.Researcher Daniel Gallagher says, "Our ...
  • Radford University Juried Art show

    Radford University Juried Art show

    Sunday, March 30 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-03-30 23:32:09 GMT
    The exhibition features 49 works of art by all levels of RU students (undergraduate and graduate) and includes ceramics, metalsmithing, mixed media, painting, and photography. The show was juried by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.
    The exhibition features 49 works of art by all levels of RU students (undergraduate and graduate) and includes ceramics, metalsmithing, mixed media, painting, and photography. The show was juried by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke.
  • 44th Annual Salem Spring Home Show

    44th Annual Salem Spring Home Show

    Sunday, March 30 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-03-30 23:25:12 GMT
    Spring time is here and it time to spruce up the home. Over 160 vendors attended the Salem Spring Home Show. It allowed people to mingle with businesses who provide pestcontrol and landscaping. Their next event is in September.
    Spring time is here and it time to spruce up the home. Over 160 vendors attended the Salem Spring Home Show. It allowed people to mingle with businesses who provide pestcontrol and landscaping. Their next event is in September.
  • April is Known as Child Abuse Awareness Month

    April is Known as Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Sunday, March 30 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-03-30 23:20:09 GMT
    April is known is "Child Abuse Prevention Month" and several organizations are supporting NRV Cares which is an organization that wants to prevent child abuse in theNew River Valley. Local churches are out supporting the organization by planting "pinwheel gardens"
    April is known is "Child Abuse Prevention Month" and several organizations are supporting NRV Cares which is an organization that wants to prevent child abuse in theNew River Valley. Local churches are out supporting the organization by planting "pinwheel gardens"
  • Radford Police Taking Proactive Approach to Curb Crime

    Radford Police Taking Proactive Approach to Curb Crime

    Sunday, March 30 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-03-30 23:15:34 GMT
    Radford Police say their aggravated assaults are up and the total number of assaults are going down because they are taking a proactive approach to curb crime.Police have extra patrols on the weekends to make sure people are safe out in Radford.
    Radford Police say their aggravated assaults are up and the total number of assaults are going down because they are taking a proactive approach to curb crime.Police have extra patrols on the weekends to make sure people are safe out in Radford.
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