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Brie Jackson

Brie Jackson is an award winning journalist who joined WSLS in December 2013. Previously she served as an anchor and senior reporter for WBTW in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While there Brie won awards for investigative and feature reporting, served as a panelist for the first-ever South Carolina 7th Congressional District debates, covered numerous breaking news stories and produced segments about important topics facing the community.

Prior to working in South Carolina, Brie served as a reporter in Maryland. One key assignment was the abduction of an 11-year-old girl. The case gained national attention as the police found girl on Christmas Day. Brie was the only reporter to provide live coverage from the scene. As a journalist, Brie Jackson has gained a reputation of being balanced, passionate and is known to ask tough questions with a smile.

Brie Jackson holds a Master’s in Journalism and a Bachelor’s in Communication from the University of Maryland. As an undergrad, she earned a full-scholarship and served as team captain for the women’s basketball team. Go Terps! Brie’s experiences in the competitive field of broadcast news, as well as, in athletics, has helped to strengthen her leadership skills as well as enhanced her ability to work effectively in a team environment and encourage others to succeed.

Brie is committed to public service and helping to improve the quality of life in the community. She served on the Board of Directors for the Grand Strand Boys & Girls Club, actively volunteered for the American Red Cross, the Grand Strand Running Club and other non-profit organizations.

On a personal note, Brie’s mother, Patricia Jones-Jackson, authored "When Roots Die". The book celebrates and preserves the Gullah culture of the sea islands of the South Carolina and Georgia coast. Brie's mom passed away when Brie was only 4 years old. More than 25 years after her mother's death, Brie’s story about Gullah Basket-weavers, the same culture her mom studied, won a nationally-recognized feature reporting award.

Brie is an avid runner and has completed several marathons and half-marathons. While she can get competitive, she truly enjoys the social aspects of running and often asks others to meet her for a walk or run.

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  • Cancer survivors and supporters fight back against cancer

    Cancer survivors and supporters fight back against cancer

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:35 GMT
    Hundreds of people gathered at Northside High School to take part in Roanoke's Relay for Life event. "I think these events bring us closer in a different way" said event organizer, Chelsea Yeatts." Everybody knows someone who has been touched by cancer and this is a great way to come together and share with others to celebrate those loved ones and honor those who have fought that battle." Cancer survivor Tim Crum was first diagnosed nearly a decade ago. He said that, at one point, doctors th...
    Hundreds of people gathered at Northside High School to take part in Roanoke's Relay for Life event. "I think these events bring us closer in a different way" said event organizer, Chelsea Yeatts." Everybody knows someone who has been touched by cancer and this is a great way to come together and share with others to celebrate those loved ones and honor those who have fought that battle." Cancer survivor Tim Crum was first diagnosed nearly a decade ago. He said that, at one point, doctors th...
  • Local runner hit by minivan continues to make strides toward recovery

    Local runner hit by minivan continues to make strides toward recovery

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:34 GMT
    Sandra Andrews is on the road to recovery. Back in January, Andrews was hit by a minivan while running along Walnut Avenue in downtown roanoke. The roanoke dentist suffered multiple injuries including fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a concussion. After spending weeks in the hospital, the avid runner returned home where she does physical therapy exercises several times a week. Those who know Sandra, know that she is a woman on the run. While her injuries have slowed her down, she remains ...
    Sandra Andrews is on the road to recovery. Back in January, Andrews was hit by a minivan while running along Walnut Avenue in downtown roanoke. The roanoke dentist suffered multiple injuries including fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a concussion. After spending weeks in the hospital, the avid runner returned home where she does physical therapy exercises several times a week. Those who know Sandra, know that she is a woman on the run. While her injuries have slowed her down, she remains ...
  • Virginia Transportation officials OK plans to relocate Falling Branch Park & Ride

    Virginia Transportation officials OK plans to relocate Falling Branch Park & Ride

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:24 GMT
    On Monday, the Commonwealth Board of Transportation held a public meeting at Northside High School to discuss future road project investments. Among other things, the Commonwealth Transportation Board revealed plans to move the Park-and-Ride at Falling Branch Elementary School to a different location. It was a decision that pleased concerned parents and teachers"Thank you on behalf of my 550 students who will have a safer school environment once this is done" said Falling Branch principal Jul...
    On Monday, the Commonwealth Board of Transportation held a public meeting at Northside High School to discuss future road project investments. Among other things, the Commonwealth Transportation Board revealed plans to move the Park-and-Ride at Falling Branch Elementary School to a different location. It was a decision that pleased concerned parents and teachers"Thank you on behalf of my 550 students who will have a safer school environment once this is done" said Falling Branch principal Jul...
  • Burma Shave signs designed to raise awareness about pedestrian safety along the Greenway

    Burma Shave signs designed to raise awareness about pedestrian safety along the Greenway

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:09 GMT
    Pedestrian related accidents have been on the rise in Roanoke. According to police, in 2013, there were 55 pedestrian related incidents which resulted in 44 injury cases and 2 deaths. In January, Sandra Andrew was running along Walnut Avenue when she was hit by a mini-van. The Roanoke dentist continues to recover from her injuries. "I don't have a memory of the actual accident" said Sandra Andrew. "I remember the ambulance ride to the hospital". Months after her accident, Andrew is on the roa...
    Pedestrian related accidents have been on the rise in Roanoke. According to police, in 2013, there were 55 pedestrian related incidents which resulted in 44 injury cases and 2 deaths. In January, Sandra Andrew was running along Walnut Avenue when she was hit by a mini-van. The Roanoke dentist continues to recover from her injuries. "I don't have a memory of the actual accident" said Sandra Andrew. "I remember the ambulance ride to the hospital". Months after her accident, Andrew is on the roa...
  • Festival in the Park kicks off Memorial Day events in Elmwood Park

    Festival in the Park kicks off Memorial Day events in Elmwood Park

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:01 GMT
    Festival in the Park kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. The event takes place in the newly renovated Elmwood Park. Gates open at PM on Friday and musical acts start at PM. This is the 45th year for the event. This year's bands include "38 Special," "Montgomery Gentry," "John Michael Montgomery", and "19-64 the Tribute.
    Festival in the Park kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. The event takes place in the newly renovated Elmwood Park. Gates open at PM on Friday and musical acts start at PM. This is the 45th year for the event. This year's bands include "38 Special," "Montgomery Gentry," "John Michael Montgomery", and "19-64 the Tribute.
  • Law enforcement agencies team up for WSLS 10 "Most Wanted" phone bank

    Law enforcement agencies team up for WSLS 10 "Most Wanted" phone bank

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:01 GMT
    On Thursday, U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement agencies joined forces for the "WSLS 10 Most Wanted " phone bank. Dozens of mug-shots of people wanted for misdemeanor or felony crimes were posted on the WSLS.com website and shown on television. In some cases, suspects face charges related to assaults, sex crimes and other dangerous offenses. Federal agents said getting information to the public can be a key factor in bringing criminals to justice. Tips can help police identify a suspect'...
    On Thursday, U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement agencies joined forces for the "WSLS 10 Most Wanted " phone bank. Dozens of mug-shots of people wanted for misdemeanor or felony crimes were posted on the WSLS.com website and shown on television. In some cases, suspects face charges related to assaults, sex crimes and other dangerous offenses. Federal agents said getting information to the public can be a key factor in bringing criminals to justice. Tips can help police identify a suspect'...
  • 45th Annual Festival in the Park brings bands, vendors and crowds to upgraded Elmwood Park

    45th Annual Festival in the Park brings bands, vendors and crowds to upgraded Elmwood Park

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:55 GMT
    On Friday, Festival in the Park kicked off in downtown Roanoke. The 45th annual event takes place in the newly renovated Elmwood Park. The weekend-long event is filled with live music, food and arts and crafts.Crowds poured in as the band, "London Bridge", kicked off a jam packed weekend of events which includes close to 40 music acts, various vendors and lots of food. Food vendor, Wayne Parks, has sold kettle corn at the event for more than a decade. He said, each year, the event brings ba...
    On Friday, Festival in the Park kicked off in downtown Roanoke. The 45th annual event takes place in the newly renovated Elmwood Park. The weekend-long event is filled with live music, food and arts and crafts.Crowds poured in as the band, "London Bridge", kicked off a jam packed weekend of events which includes close to 40 music acts, various vendors and lots of food. Food vendor, Wayne Parks, has sold kettle corn at the event for more than a decade. He said, each year, the event brings ba...
  • Roanoke Valley officials seek input on ways to improve transportation and safety

    Roanoke Valley officials seek input on ways to improve transportation and safety

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:11 GMT
    Roanoke Valley leaders want input on ways to improve transportation in the area. On Tuesday, there is a open house where the public can weigh-in on the future transportation planning in the region. Staff from the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Ride Solutions and other planning officials will be on hand. The goal is to develop a long-range transportation plan and help make the Roanoke Valley safer for drivers and pedestrians. The open house is from 3pm to 6pm on Tuesday May 27t...
    Roanoke Valley leaders want input on ways to improve transportation in the area. On Tuesday, there is a open house where the public can weigh-in on the future transportation planning in the region. Staff from the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Ride Solutions and other planning officials will be on hand. The goal is to develop a long-range transportation plan and help make the Roanoke Valley safer for drivers and pedestrians. The open house is from 3pm to 6pm on Tuesday May 27t...
  • Roanoke chef finds recipe for success on national television

    Roanoke chef finds recipe for success on national television

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:10 GMT
    A Roanoke chef continues to make a name for himself, nationwide. Aaron Deal is the chef at "River and Rail." He recently won the Food Network's show, "Grocery Games." During the show, Chef Deal shopped, chopped and cooked his way past three other competitors. The seasoned chef said, in the past, he declined offers to be on other food shows because they were plain and uneventful. However he said "Grocery Games" has spice. "Running around in a grocery store and pushing a shopping cart frantica...
    A Roanoke chef continues to make a name for himself, nationwide. Aaron Deal is the chef at "River and Rail." He recently won the Food Network's show, "Grocery Games." During the show, Chef Deal shopped, chopped and cooked his way past three other competitors. The seasoned chef said, in the past, he declined offers to be on other food shows because they were plain and uneventful. However he said "Grocery Games" has spice. "Running around in a grocery store and pushing a shopping cart frantica...
  • People Show Support for Bedford County Schools

    People Show Support for Bedford County Schools

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:04 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Stanton River high school to show support for two Bedford County school. Close to 50 people signed up to speak. Many plan to voice their concerns about the possible closing of Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Stanton River high school to show support for two Bedford County school. Close to 50 people signed up to speak. Many plan to voice their concerns about the possible closing of Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary.
  • Number of homeless students in Roanoke City schools nearly doubles

    Number of homeless students in Roanoke City schools nearly doubles

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:48 GMT
    The school year has come to an end for many Virginia students. Sadly, some are leaving school without a permanent place to call home.It's been a tough school year for Nathan Haupt. In addition to homework and peer pressure, the 13 year old is dealing with the stresses of being homeless. "It's hard" he said. "I don't have a real home. This is the only place I can go for three meals a day."Nathan and his grandmother live at the Roanoke Rescue Mission. The 7th grader is among a growing number o...
    The school year has come to an end for many Virginia students. Sadly, some are leaving school without a permanent place to call home.It's been a tough school year for Nathan Haupt. In addition to homework and peer pressure, the 13 year old is dealing with the stresses of being homeless. "It's hard" he said. "I don't have a real home. This is the only place I can go for three meals a day."Nathan and his grandmother live at the Roanoke Rescue Mission. The 7th grader is among a growing number o...
  • Dozens of Bedford county residents voice concerns about possible school closings

    Dozens of Bedford county residents voice concerns about possible school closings

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:30 GMT
    People in Bedford County had, what is likely, a final chance to voice concerns about the potential closing of Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary school. Hundreds packed into Staunton River High School's auditorium on Monday evening. Nearly 50 people signed up to speak during the public meeting. Each speaker was given up to 3 minutes to talk. Candice Brunk and her husband Patrick both signed up to speak."Body Camp really stood by us and that is why we support that school" said Candice ...
    People in Bedford County had, what is likely, a final chance to voice concerns about the potential closing of Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary school. Hundreds packed into Staunton River High School's auditorium on Monday evening. Nearly 50 people signed up to speak during the public meeting. Each speaker was given up to 3 minutes to talk. Candice Brunk and her husband Patrick both signed up to speak."Body Camp really stood by us and that is why we support that school" said Candice ...
  • Marketing campaigns paying off for Roanoke Valley tourism industry

    Marketing campaigns paying off for Roanoke Valley tourism industry

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:22 GMT
    Roanoke Valley tourism officials recently partnered with Kroger to launch a new advertising campaign. According to the Roanoke Valley Convention Visitors Bureau (RVCVB) the $400,000 campaign budget will grow to an effective advertising and marketing equivalency of more than $21.6 million dollars.The new ad for Virginia's Blue Ridge highlights the mountain views, outdoor activities and attractions that make the area unique. The 16 -week campaign will target Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Hampton...
    Roanoke Valley tourism officials recently partnered with Kroger to launch a new advertising campaign. According to the Roanoke Valley Convention Visitors Bureau (RVCVB) the $400,000 campaign budget will grow to an effective advertising and marketing equivalency of more than $21.6 million dollars.The new ad for Virginia's Blue Ridge highlights the mountain views, outdoor activities and attractions that make the area unique. The 16 -week campaign will target Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Hampton...
  • UPDATE: Bedford County School Board makes decision

    UPDATE: Bedford County School Board makes decision

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:15 GMT
    On Thursday, the Bedford County School Board is expected to decide the fate of Body Camp Elementary and Moneta Elementary School. There's been a lot of heated discussions about the possible closings.Recent rallies to save the two schools follow a series of events. In early May, the school board met to discuss their budget for 2014-15. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved an $39 million in local funding for the school system. As a result, school leaders had to cut $4.8 million from...
    On Thursday, the Bedford County School Board is expected to decide the fate of Body Camp Elementary and Moneta Elementary School. There's been a lot of heated discussions about the possible closings.Recent rallies to save the two schools follow a series of events. In early May, the school board met to discuss their budget for 2014-15. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved an $39 million in local funding for the school system. As a result, school leaders had to cut $4.8 million from...
  • WSLS Viewers help police track down 8 criminals

    WSLS Viewers help police track down 8 criminals

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:14 GMT
    Thanks to WSLS 10 viewers, law enforcement agents have tracked down some of the area's most wanted criminals. On May 15th, WSLS 10 teamed up with U.S. Marshals, Roanoke City Police and other law enforcement agents to hold our second "Most Wanted Phone Bank". Close to a dozen tips were received. Deputies said approximately 8 people were arrested. Police continue to look for other wanted criminals including Thomas Zelrick, Darren Beauregard and Christian Denton. Anyone with information about pe...
    Thanks to WSLS 10 viewers, law enforcement agents have tracked down some of the area's most wanted criminals. On May 15th, WSLS 10 teamed up with U.S. Marshals, Roanoke City Police and other law enforcement agents to hold our second "Most Wanted Phone Bank". Close to a dozen tips were received. Deputies said approximately 8 people were arrested. Police continue to look for other wanted criminals including Thomas Zelrick, Darren Beauregard and Christian Denton. Anyone with information about pe...
  • Bedford County school board votes to close Body Camp in June 2015

    Bedford County school board votes to close Body Camp in June 2015

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:05 GMT
    On Thursday, the Bedford County School Board voted 4-3 to close Body Camp Elementary in June 2015. They also voted to keep Moneta Elementary School open. The move comes as school leaders look to balance their budget as well as meet the requirements of a state-mandated efficiency study.School board member,Jason W. Johnson, said closing Body Camp in 2015 is not expected to impact the current fiscal year budget. However, closing the school is expected to save $800,000 a year in the future.Tears ...
    On Thursday, the Bedford County School Board voted 4-3 to close Body Camp Elementary in June 2015. They also voted to keep Moneta Elementary School open. The move comes as school leaders look to balance their budget as well as meet the requirements of a state-mandated efficiency study.School board member,Jason W. Johnson, said closing Body Camp in 2015 is not expected to impact the current fiscal year budget. However, closing the school is expected to save $800,000 a year in the future.Tears ...
  • Veterans honor D-day during Bernard Marie's 30th Annual D-Day & WWII dinner

    Veterans honor D-day during Bernard Marie's 30th Annual D-Day & WWII dinner

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:57 GMT
    On Friday, hundreds of people gathered at the Sheraton Hotel for Bernard Marie's 30th Annual D-Day WWII dinner. Service members past and present shared stories and paid tribute to those who also fought for our country."70 years ago our world was saved" said Marie. "If they had not been successful with D-Day, it would have been catastrophic for everyone"It was on June 6, 1944 that soldiers, sailors, and airmen stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. "It was a major turning point in the way t...
    On Friday, hundreds of people gathered at the Sheraton Hotel for Bernard Marie's 30th Annual D-Day WWII dinner. Service members past and present shared stories and paid tribute to those who also fought for our country."70 years ago our world was saved" said Marie. "If they had not been successful with D-Day, it would have been catastrophic for everyone"It was on June 6, 1944 that soldiers, sailors, and airmen stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. "It was a major turning point in the way t...
  • The Bridges project becomes part of newly designated River and Railroad Historic District

    The Bridges project becomes part of newly designated River and Railroad Historic District

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:46 GMT
    On Monday, developers with The Bridge project in downtown Roanoke announced the designation of the site as part of the new Roanoke River Railroad Historic District. The 47-acre district includes five buildings located near the Walnut Street bridge. "We are excited about this district being created because we are going to preserve a lot of these old building and re-purpose them" said Aaron Ewert, The Bridges project manager. Most of the structures were built before the late 1920's. Over the n...
    On Monday, developers with The Bridge project in downtown Roanoke announced the designation of the site as part of the new Roanoke River Railroad Historic District. The 47-acre district includes five buildings located near the Walnut Street bridge. "We are excited about this district being created because we are going to preserve a lot of these old building and re-purpose them" said Aaron Ewert, The Bridges project manager. Most of the structures were built before the late 1920's. Over the n...
  • Roanoke County leaders vote to open two libraries on Sundays

    Roanoke County leaders vote to open two libraries on Sundays

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:39 GMT
    On Tuesday, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to open South County Library and Vinton library on Sundays. Currently, the four main branches are not open on Sunday. Board members received
    On Tuesday, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to open South County Library and Vinton library on Sundays.    
  • Bedford County school board approves budget, 46 positions cut

    Bedford County school board approves budget, 46 positions cut

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:25 GMT
    The Bedford County School Board approved its budget on Thursday. The more than $103 million budget includes cutting 46 position. School leaders said part of the cuts in positions will be through attrition, while some teachers will lose their jobs. In addition, most Bedford County school employees will see a decrease in pay through increases in health care premiums.
    The Bedford County School Board approved its budget on Thursday. The more than $103 million budget includes cutting 46 position. School leaders said part of the cuts in positions will be through attrition, while some teachers will lose their jobs. In addition, most Bedford County school employees will see a decrease in pay through increases in health care premiums.
  • Fitness center, grocery store and retail space planned for Orange Avenue

    Fitness center, grocery store and retail space planned for Orange Avenue

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:25 GMT
    There are plans in the works to bring new life to a heavily traveled part of Roanoke City. Developers plan to build a grocery store and a fitness center near the intersection of Orange Avenue and King Street. "We have a grocery store coming in" said Joe Thompson, developer. " They are going to raze the old building and redevelop it." Once built, the grocery store will serve as a main anchor to help attract new businesses. It will also help to bring new customers to the two existing stores, Ma...
    There are plans in the works to bring new life to a heavily traveled part of Roanoke City. Developers plan to build a grocery store and a fitness center near the intersection of Orange Avenue and King Street. "We have a grocery store coming in" said Joe Thompson, developer. " They are going to raze the old building and redevelop it." Once built, the grocery store will serve as a main anchor to help attract new businesses. It will also help to bring new customers to the two existing stores, Ma...
  • Ladies and Gents race in high heels to raise money for kid's camp

    Ladies and Gents race in high heels to raise money for kid's camp

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:18 GMT
    On Friday, Apple Ridge Farm hosted the 3rd annual "Party on Franklin" event. Ladies and gentlemen took part in a high heel race and other activities to help raise money for charity. Apple Ridge Farm is a non-profit group that host summer camps for kids."The kids get to do nature walks, water activities. We teach them to swim and play tennis and we form them into well rounded children" said Janice Dunleavy Development Director for Apple Ridge Farm. "We also teach them about self esteem and cha...
    On Friday, Apple Ridge Farm hosted the 3rd annual "Party on Franklin" event. Ladies and gentlemen took part in a high heel race and other activities to help raise money for charity. Apple Ridge Farm is a non-profit group that host summer camps for kids."The kids get to do nature walks, water activities. We teach them to swim and play tennis and we form them into well rounded children" said Janice Dunleavy Development Director for Apple Ridge Farm. "We also teach them about self esteem and cha...
  • Roanoke recognized as "Most Livable" city

    Roanoke recognized as "Most Livable" city

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:10 GMT
    Roanoke was recently honored as one of the nations "Most Livable" cities. The recognition was given by the Conference of Mayors. The "City Livability" award looks at factors such as mayoral leadership in developing programs that improve the quality of life for an area. Roanoke City Mayor David Dowers said the Parks and Arts program helped the Star City win the award. The summer event brings a combination of artwork and concerts to various parts of Roanoke. "What we are really trying to do i...
    Roanoke was recently honored as one of the nations "Most Livable" cities. The recognition was given by the Conference of Mayors. The "City Livability" award looks at factors such as mayoral leadership in developing programs that improve the quality of life for an area. Roanoke City Mayor David Dowers said the Parks and Arts program helped the Star City win the award. The summer event brings a combination of artwork and concerts to various parts of Roanoke. "What we are really trying to do i...
  • Roanoke agency sees demand for veteran services double

    Roanoke agency sees demand for veteran services double

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:09 GMT
    This week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs plans to evaluate the capacity of the Veterans Administration to care for veteran patients. This comes as veterans hospitals across the U.S. are facing scrutiny for long patient wait times. Roanoke Valley organizations continue to see the demand for veteran services increase. In some cases, agencies have seen their numbers double over the past year. Dennis Leftwich is a former U.S. Marine who fell on hard times including unemployment and inc...
    This week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs plans to evaluate the capacity of the Veterans Administration to care for veteran patients. This comes as veterans hospitals across the U.S. are facing scrutiny for long patient wait times. Roanoke Valley organizations continue to see the demand for veteran services increase. In some cases, agencies have seen their numbers double over the past year. Dennis Leftwich is a former U.S. Marine who fell on hard times including unemployment and inc...
  • Roanoke County honors longtime sports coach Bobby Ragland

    Roanoke County honors longtime sports coach Bobby Ragland

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:25 GMT
    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors honored Coach Bobby Ragland Tuesday.
    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors honored Coach Bobby Ragland Tuesday.
  • 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, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:09 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...
  • Roanoke residents raise money to give Polish man a proper burial

    Roanoke residents raise money to give Polish man a proper burial

    Thursday, May 22 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-05-23 03:21:24 GMT
    On Thursday, mourners gathered at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church in Roanoke for a memorial service for Tomasz Adamowicz. The 34 year old was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Colorado. The incident happened just weeks after he moved away from Roanoke with hopes of building a better life .Friends said Tomasz lived an adventurous life but suffered a tragic death. Born in Poland, Tomasz and his dad moved to Roanoke decades ago. He became a much-liked part of the local restaurant com...
    On Thursday, mourners gathered at Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church in Roanoke for a memorial service for Tomasz Adamowicz. The 34 year old was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Colorado. The incident happened just weeks after he moved away from Roanoke with hopes of building a better life .Friends said Tomasz lived an adventurous life but suffered a tragic death. Born in Poland, Tomasz and his dad moved to Roanoke decades ago. He became a much-liked part of the local restaurant com...
  • Police investigate fatal crash that killed Ridgeway woman

    Police investigate fatal crash that killed Ridgeway woman

    Friday, January 10 2014 5:04 PM EST2014-01-10 22:04:53 GMT
    On Friday, Virginia state police continued to investigate a fatal crash. The accident happened along route 220 south on Thursday. Two people died in the crash.Police said the male driver of a Ford pickup truck was being chased by Rockingham County Sheriff's deputies but the pursuit stopped once the driver crossed into Virginia. The driver of the pickup truck continued to drive the wrong way on 220 South when he hit a Dodge Caliber head-on. Darren Lockridge was one of the first to respond to t...
    On Friday, Virginia state police continued to investigate a fatal crash. The accident happened along route 220 south on Thursday. Two people died in the crash.Police said the male driver of a Ford pickup truck was being chased by Rockingham County Sheriff's deputies but the pursuit stopped once the driver crossed into Virginia. The driver of the pickup truck continued to drive the wrong way on 220 South when he hit a Dodge Caliber head-on. Darren Lockridge was one of the first to respond to t...
  • Roanoke leaders discuss improving education, declining real estate values and honors for Onzlee Ware

    Roanoke leaders discuss improving education, declining real estate values and honors for Onzlee Ware

    Monday, January 6 2014 5:54 PM EST2014-01-06 22:54:25 GMT
    On Monday, Roanoke City Council held their first meeting for 2014. The council discussed a number of different topics including an update on graduation rates for the city schools.
    On Monday, Roanoke City Council held their first meeting for 2014. The council discussed a number of different topics including an update on graduation rates for the city schools.
  • Custom birdhouses help teens make restitution payments

    Custom birdhouses help teens make restitution payments

    Friday, December 27 2013 6:11 PM EST2013-12-27 23:11:53 GMT
     One Roanoke program has a unique way to help teens who had run-ins with the law. The goal is to teach young people life skills and help them design products that many people use at home.
     One Roanoke program has a unique way to help teens who had run-ins with the law. The goal is to teach young people life skills and help them design products that many people use at home.
  • Hurt Park residents sing Christmas songs and praise drug intervention program's success

    Hurt Park residents sing Christmas songs and praise drug intervention program's success

    Thursday, December 19 2013 5:59 PM EST2013-12-19 22:59:26 GMT
    The Hurt Park community in Roanoke continues to celebrate growth and change. Two years ago the Roanoke City Police Department introduced the Drug Market Intervention(DMI) program to the neighborhood. Residents and police say the crime reduction program has lead to positive change sin Hurt Park. On Thursday, residents came together to sing Christmas carols through the community. They said the event is a sign of unity and commitment to keeping Hurt Park safe.Annette Lewis has watched the Hurt P...
    The Hurt Park community in Roanoke continues to celebrate growth and change. Two years ago the Roanoke City Police Department introduced the Drug Market Intervention(DMI) program to the neighborhood. Residents and police say the crime reduction program has lead to positive change sin Hurt Park. On Thursday, residents came together to sing Christmas carols through the community. They said the event is a sign of unity and commitment to keeping Hurt Park safe.Annette Lewis has watched the Hurt P...
  • Roanoke Regional Airport commission votes to change airport name

    Roanoke Regional Airport commission votes to change airport name

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 4:30 PM EST2013-12-17 21:30:44 GMT
    On Tuesday, the Roanoke Regional Airport commission voted to change the airport's name. Beginning in 2014, Roanoke's airport will be known as Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport. Airport officials say the name change reflects the growing partnership between the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley. Roanoke Regional Airport Executive Director, Jacqueline Shuck, said 30% of the airport's travelers come from the NRV area. Overall. the airport serves 19 counties in Virginia and West Virginia. ...
    On Tuesday, the Roanoke Regional Airport commission voted to change the airport's name. Beginning in 2014, Roanoke's airport will be known as Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport. Airport officials say the name change reflects the growing partnership between the Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley. Roanoke Regional Airport Executive Director, Jacqueline Shuck, said 30% of the airport's travelers come from the NRV area. Overall. the airport serves 19 counties in Virginia and West Virginia. ...
  • City council gives the green light to add fuel station in Salem

    City council gives the green light to add fuel station in Salem

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:17:07 GMT
    People in Salem will soon have another place to fill up on food and gas. On Monday, the Salem City Council approved plans for a Kroger fuel station in the Ridgewood Farms Shopping Center. Once built, the fuel station will be located close to Lewis-Gale Medical Center not far from Jersey Lily's and Humble Pie. City officials said the design plan includes 5 multiple dispensing pumps. NO word on when construction will begin.
    People in Salem will soon have another place to fill up on food and gas. On Monday, the Salem City Council approved plans for a Kroger fuel station in the Ridgewood Farms Shopping Center. Once built, the fuel station will be located close to Lewis-Gale Medical Center not far from Jersey Lily's and Humble Pie. City officials said the design plan includes 5 multiple dispensing pumps. NO word on when construction will begin.
  • Fourth Circuit ruling could impact local clerk's offices, marriage licenses

    Fourth Circuit ruling could impact local clerk's offices, marriage licenses

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:09:15 GMT
    The 4th Circuit court in Richmond ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional Monday.
    The 4th Circuit court in Richmond ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional Monday.
  • Man battling Mesothelioma plans to spend last Floydfest with his wife

    Man battling Mesothelioma plans to spend last Floydfest with his wife

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:25:33 GMT
    You never know who you'll cross paths with at FloydFest. There are thousands of people, each with a unique story. Cheryl Holcomb and her husband, Kirk, have attended the annual event for several years. A few years ago, Kirk was diagnosed with Mesothelioma said Cheryl. "There is not a cure so we are doing chemo to try to get as much time as we can" said Cheryl Holcomb.With their time together running out, the couple made their annual trip to FloydFest. "We drove back this year because we knew...
    You never know who you'll cross paths with at FloydFest. There are thousands of people, each with a unique story. Cheryl Holcomb and her husband, Kirk, have attended the annual event for several years. A few years ago, Kirk was diagnosed with Mesothelioma said Cheryl. "There is not a cure so we are doing chemo to try to get as much time as we can" said Cheryl Holcomb.With their time together running out, the couple made their annual trip to FloydFest. "We drove back this year because we knew...
  • FloydFest artist Michael Franti, uses voice to inspire others

    FloydFest artist Michael Franti, uses voice to inspire others

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:46:55 GMT
    The music and fun continued at FloydFest Thursday. Thousands of people are expected to attend this year's event. This music festival obviously has a positive economic impact on the local economy but people are also using a love for music to positively impact the lives of others.Artist Michael Franti said FloydFest is a way for fans and artist to experience different types of music. He said he hopes his songs inspire others and leave people with a more positive outlook on life."When you watch ...
    The music and fun continued at FloydFest Thursday. Thousands of people are expected to attend this year's event. This music festival obviously has a positive economic impact on the local economy but people are also using a love for music to positively impact the lives of others.Artist Michael Franti said FloydFest is a way for fans and artist to experience different types of music. He said he hopes his songs inspire others and leave people with a more positive outlook on life."When you watch ...
  • Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:26:58 GMT
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."

  • Roanoke pastor offers free haircuts, clothes and food

    Roanoke pastor offers free haircuts, clothes and food

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:16:39 GMT
    A local church is providing free haircuts to men, women and children in Roanoke.
    A local church is providing free haircuts to men, women and children in Roanoke.
  • Roanoke Valley leaders examine potential economic impact of broadband expansion

    Roanoke Valley leaders examine potential economic impact of broadband expansion

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:21 GMT
    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors continue to examine ways to expand broadband throughout the Roanoke Valley. Bringing faster internet connection to the area is important to residents as well as economic growth."It's important for us to be prepared and show progressiveness in providing infrastructure for companies needs" said Jill Loope, Roanoke County Economic Development Director. Recently consultants hired by the Roanoke Valley Regional Broadband Authority examined ways to improve ...
    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors continue to examine ways to expand broadband throughout the Roanoke Valley. Bringing faster internet connection to the area is important to residents as well as economic growth."It's important for us to be prepared and show progressiveness in providing infrastructure for companies needs" said Jill Loope, Roanoke County Economic Development Director. Recently consultants hired by the Roanoke Valley Regional Broadband Authority examined ways to improve ...
  • Walmart announces plans for three locations in Roanoke

    Walmart announces plans for three locations in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:17 GMT
    Walmart confirmed plans to bring three Neighborhood Markets to Roanoke.
    Walmart confirmed plans to bring three Neighborhood Markets to Roanoke.
  • Roanoke County Supervisors reject plans to build Chick-Fil-A

    Roanoke County Supervisors reject plans to build Chick-Fil-A

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:16 GMT
    Roanoke County struck down a proposal to bring Chick-fil-A to the Bonsack area. Roanoke County struck down a proposal to bring Chick-fil-A to the Bonsack area.
    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors denied plans to build a Chick-Fil-A in the Bonsack area.
    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors denied plans to build a Chick-Fil-A in the Bonsack area.
  • Three new Walmart stores headed to Roanoke

    Three new Walmart stores headed to Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:16 GMT
    Walmart plans to build three new stores across the Roanoke Valley. Developers hope the Neighborhood Markets help better serve customers. Plans include stores in the following locations: Orange Avenue and King St.Dale Avenue and Vernon St.Plantation Road and John Richardson Rd.Local business owners said a Walmart could bring new life to the community. For instance, Matrix Nails is next to the old Kroger building which is expected to be replaced by a Walmart. Matrix Nails owners said they saw ...
    Walmart plans to build three new stores across the Roanoke Valley. Developers hope the Neighborhood Markets help better serve customers. Plans include stores in the following locations: Orange Avenue and King St.Dale Avenue and Vernon St.Plantation Road and John Richardson Rd.Local business owners said a Walmart could bring new life to the community. For instance, Matrix Nails is next to the old Kroger building which is expected to be replaced by a Walmart. Matrix Nails owners said they saw ...
  • Roanoke Valley agencies focus on improving dental and health care

    Roanoke Valley agencies focus on improving dental and health care

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:09 GMT
    The United Way of Roanoke Valley provides recently awarded $3.1 million to programs and initiatives in education, income and health.
    The United Way of Roanoke Valley provides recently awarded $3.1 million to programs and initiatives in education, income and health.
  • Green Dot scams and credit card fraud on the rise in Roanoke

    Green Dot scams and credit card fraud on the rise in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:05 GMT
    Roanoke City police said they are seeing an increase in a particular type of fraud case.
    Roanoke City police said they are seeing an increase in a particular type of fraud case.
  • City leaders aim to relieve traffic headaches near Walmart planned for Orange Ave

    City leaders aim to relieve traffic headaches near Walmart planned for Orange Ave

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:57 GMT
    Walmart plans to bring three new stores to the Roanoke Valley which has raised traffic concerns in a heavily traveled part of Roanoke City.
    Walmart plans to bring three new stores to the Roanoke Valley which has raised traffic concerns in a heavily traveled part of Roanoke City.
  • Severe weather expect to impact July 4th travel plans in Virginia

    Severe weather expect to impact July 4th travel plans in Virginia

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:48 GMT
    Virginia roadways are expected to be busy this July 4th as AAA predicts a record number of travelers.
    Virginia roadways are expected to be busy this July 4th as AAA predicts a record number of travelers.
  • T-shirts show support for Roanoke police officer who passed away

    T-shirts show support for Roanoke police officer who passed away

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:11:47 GMT
    People in Roanoke continue to mourn the loss of one of it's best cold case detectives, Lin Manning. People are showing their love and support for Manning's family by purchasing t-shirts.
    People in Roanoke continue to mourn the loss of one of it's best cold case detectives, Lin Manning. People are showing their love and support for Manning's family by purchasing t-shirts.
  • Plans for cell tower in Roanoke move forward

    Plans for cell tower in Roanoke move forward

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:20:48 GMT
    On Monday, the Roanoke City council approved plans to build a cell tower at 1809 Franklin Road.
    On Monday, the Roanoke City council approved plans to build a cell tower at 1809 Franklin Road.
  • Roanoke City Police mourn Det. Lin Manning

    Roanoke City Police mourn Det. Lin Manning

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:10:50 GMT
    A Roanoke City Police detective died Saturday from cancer.
    A Roanoke City Police detective died Saturday from cancer.
  • Roanoke artists makes music video to highlight "Fathers First"

    Roanoke artists makes music video to highlight "Fathers First"

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:28:27 GMT
    A new music video is helping spread the word about a Roanoke program that helps men become better fathers. On Thursday, Fathers First helped debut local hip-hop artist Robert Wormley's new music video. The song was written by Rob "Fhat Rob" Wormley II about his experience in the TAP Fathers First program. Fathers First provides families with the assistance to address issues such as healthy relationships, communication skills and parenting responsibilities. Wormley's music video highlights th...
    A new music video is helping spread the word about a Roanoke program that helps men become better fathers. On Thursday, Fathers First helped debut local hip-hop artist Robert Wormley's new music video. The song was written by Rob "Fhat Rob" Wormley II about his experience in the TAP Fathers First program. Fathers First provides families with the assistance to address issues such as healthy relationships, communication skills and parenting responsibilities. Wormley's music video highlights th...
  • Rising medical costs could force Pulaski County Humane Society to close

    Rising medical costs could force Pulaski County Humane Society to close

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:16 AM EDT2014-07-17 04:16:11 GMT
    The Pulaski County Humane Society is running out of money and time to keep its doors open. Staff said they barely have enough money to operate through their next payroll. Over the years, the Pulaski County Humane Society helped save hundreds of strays, rescues and other animals. As the number of pets increased, staff treated more tick and fleas cases as well as other health problems.Now the organization finds itself in a financial struggle."We are looking at closing the spay neuter clinics al...
    The Pulaski County Humane Society is running out of money and time to keep its doors open. Staff said they barely have enough money to operate through their next payroll. Over the years, the Pulaski County Humane Society helped save hundreds of strays, rescues and other animals. As the number of pets increased, staff treated more tick and fleas cases as well as other health problems.Now the organization finds itself in a financial struggle."We are looking at closing the spay neuter clinics al...
  • Plans in the works for Salem fuel station

    Plans in the works for Salem fuel station

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-07-15 23:27:19 GMT
    The City of Salem Planning Commission is expected to meet with a group hoping to place a Kroger Fuel Station in the Ridgewood Farms shopping center.
    The City of Salem Planning Commission is expected to meet with a group hoping to place a Kroger Fuel Station in the Ridgewood Farms shopping center.
  • Salem fair goers share memories of year's past

    Salem fair goers share memories of year's past

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-12 03:39:34 GMT
    The 27th Annual Salem Fair wraps up this weekend. Event organizers said they expect attendance numbers to be up this year in comparison to recent years. This year's event features new rides and attractions.Crowds lined up on Friday. Some came to the Salem Fair for the rides. "I like the roller coasters but I don't like the Tornado because I got sick on it last year" said Siera Blake, fairgoer. Roanoke Valley resident, Angela Price, comes to the annual event year after year."I come every year ...
    The 27th Annual Salem Fair wraps up this weekend. Event organizers said they expect attendance numbers to be up this year in comparison to recent years. This year's event features new rides and attractions.Crowds lined up on Friday. Some came to the Salem Fair for the rides. "I like the roller coasters but I don't like the Tornado because I got sick on it last year" said Siera Blake, fairgoer. Roanoke Valley resident, Angela Price, comes to the annual event year after year."I come every year ...
  • How will privatized parking impact Roanoke?

    How will privatized parking impact Roanoke?

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-07-11 02:42:27 GMT
    On July 1st, the City of Roanoke transitioned to privatize parking which means the city no longer issues parking tickets. PARK Roanoke took over ticketing duties. It is the same group that has managed the city's off-street lots and garages for several years. Fees associated with on-street parking fines have been a money maker for the Star City.According to city officials, in fiscal year 2012, the city collected $400,932 from on-street parking ticket fines which include the ticket fee, late pa...
    On July 1st, the City of Roanoke transitioned to privatize parking which means the city no longer issues parking tickets. PARK Roanoke took over ticketing duties. It is the same group that has managed the city's off-street lots and garages for several years. Fees associated with on-street parking fines have been a money maker for the Star City.According to city officials, in fiscal year 2012, the city collected $400,932 from on-street parking ticket fines which include the ticket fee, late pa...
  • High-tech, data-driven tools help police fight crime

    High-tech, data-driven tools help police fight crime

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-10 03:38:41 GMT
    Local law enforcement agencies are using crime analysts as fortune teller of sorts. Computers serve as their crystal ball as they work to predict where and when crimes could occur. Both Roanoke County and Roanoke City police officers are using a data driven approach to crime to help reduce service calls."
    Local law enforcement agencies are using crime analysts as fortune teller of sorts. Computers serve as their crystal ball as they work to predict where and when crimes could occur. Both Roanoke County and Roanoke City police officers are using a data driven approach to crime to help reduce service calls."
  • Roanoke County sees number of service calls drop

    Roanoke County sees number of service calls drop

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-07-09 03:39:42 GMT
    Calls for service in Roanoke County have dropped over the years. Police Chief Howard Hall said the decreases is partly due to their data-driven approach to crime. Figures show that in 2012 Roanoke County police received 30,348 calls for service. In 2013, there were 29,564 service calls. From January through May of 2014, there were just over 12,000 service calls. When it comes to the types of calls police receive, Chief Hall said reports about suspicious people or vehicles tops the list. Othe...
    Calls for service in Roanoke County have dropped over the years. Police Chief Howard Hall said the decreases is partly due to their data-driven approach to crime. Figures show that in 2012 Roanoke County police received 30,348 calls for service. In 2013, there were 29,564 service calls. From January through May of 2014, there were just over 12,000 service calls. When it comes to the types of calls police receive, Chief Hall said reports about suspicious people or vehicles tops the list. Othe...
  • Chick-fil-a back on the table for Roanoke County Board of Supervisor

    Chick-fil-a back on the table for Roanoke County Board of Supervisor

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:37:48 GMT
    On Tuesday, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted to revisit the proposed Chick-fil-A along U.S. 460.
    On Tuesday, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted to revisit the proposed Chick-fil-a along U.S. 460.
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