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  • Smith Mountain Lake Fly In Helps Businesses on Smith Mountain Lake

    Smith Mountain Lake Fly In Helps Businesses on Smith Mountain Lake

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:32 GMT
    The first "Fly In" at Smith Mountain Lake is a fundraiser to help Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy. It was a chance for people to fly around the lake for $30. The "Fly In" not only created a buzz in aviation butalso businesses along the lake. Owner of Bedford Landings Bed and Breakfast Karen Phillips says they are seeing more bookings from word of mouth. "We love people here at the airport because we're located right adjacent to the airport with bedford landings our bed and breakfast it ...
    The first "Fly In" at Smith Mountain Lake is a fundraiser to help Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy. It was a chance for people to fly around the lake for $30. The "Fly In" not only created a buzz in aviation butalso businesses along the lake. Owner of Bedford Landings Bed and Breakfast Karen Phillips says they are seeing more bookings from word of mouth. "We love people here at the airport because we're located right adjacent to the airport with bedford landings our bed and breakfast it ...
  • Women's Day Build

    Women's Day Build

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:32 GMT
    Women in Roanoke say building a house by themselves is empowering. It was for the "Women's Build Week" for Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers say they are happy they can builda house independently. "Women want to do this but they are intimidated by having the guys around they wouldn't measure up and when they get here they found out they are just as good as any body else that's how I got hooked," Penny Bryalry a volunteer said.
    Women in Roanoke say building a house by themselves is empowering. It was for the "Women's Build Week" for Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers say they are happy they can builda house independently. "Women want to do this but they are intimidated by having the guys around they wouldn't measure up and when they get here they found out they are just as good as any body else that's how I got hooked," Penny Bryalry a volunteer said.
  • Mother's Day a Boost for Businesses

    Mother's Day a Boost for Businesses

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:31 GMT
    The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend $16.3 billion for Mother's Day gifts. Businesses in the Roanoke Valley have been busy as well. Flowers by Eddie in Vinton, the owner Eddie Davis has stayed open later for Mother's Day.On Sundayhe's normally closed. Workers at Shula's 347 Grill in Roanoke say they've seen a 30 percent increase in reservations. They say they advertise on social media as well offer seafood in the Roanoke Valley has never seen before like crab legs.
    The National Retail Federation says Americans will spend $16.3 billion for Mother's Day gifts. Businesses in the Roanoke Valley have been busy as well. Flowers by Eddie in Vinton, the owner Eddie Davis has stayed open later for Mother's Day.On Sundayhe's normally closed. Workers at Shula's 347 Grill in Roanoke say they've seen a 30 percent increase in reservations. They say they advertise on social media as well offer seafood in the Roanoke Valley has never seen before like crab legs.
  • Virginia's Assisted Living Facilities working to turn on power

    Virginia's Assisted Living Facilities working to turn on power

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:27 GMT
    The owner's of Virginia's Assisted Living Facilities are talking to repair men to get the power back on and the sprinkler system fixed. This comes after 22 year old Steven Don Crowder of Roanoke crashed his vehicle into the building while trying to outrun police. Howard Childress of Roanoke built this facility and says the 27 residents who lived thereare currently in hotels.He's also talking to insurance companies to find out how much they'll have to pay to get everything fixed. "I would thin...
    The owner's of Virginia's Assisted Living Facilities are talking to repair men to get the power back on and the sprinkler system fixed. This comes after 22 year old Steven Don Crowder of Roanoke crashed his vehicle into the building while trying to outrun police. Howard Childress of Roanoke built this facility and says the 27 residents who lived thereare currently in hotels.He's also talking to insurance companies to find out how much they'll have to pay to get everything fixed. "I would thin...
  • Armed Robbery in Montgomery County

    Armed Robbery in Montgomery County

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:26 GMT
    The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of an armed robbery at Christy's Market located at 3410 Peppers Ferry Rd in Radford.TheSheriff’s Officefound the suspect and his vehicle a few miles from the scene.The suspect isidentified as 27 year old Kevin Scott Sands, a white male, 6'1", brown hair, blue eyes, was taken into custody. A small handgun wasfound in Sands' vehicle. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is still investigating this matter. Sands is charged with armed r...
    The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of an armed robbery at Christy's Market located at 3410 Peppers Ferry Rd in Radford.TheSheriff’s Officefound the suspect and his vehicle a few miles from the scene.The suspect isidentified as 27 year old Kevin Scott Sands, a white male, 6'1", brown hair, blue eyes, was taken into custody. A small handgun wasfound in Sands' vehicle. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is still investigating this matter. Sands is charged with armed r...
  • BT4U App Helps Users Find Efficient Routes for Bus

    BT4U App Helps Users Find Efficient Routes for Bus

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:17 GMT
    Blacksburg Transit Officials released the "BT4U" app. The app is designed to help users navigate through Blacsksburg's bus system as well give feedback to BT officials. "Once we better understand how our passengers use the system can we modify the system or modify passenger behavior to help save green house gases and energy reduction" Tim Wittenwith Blacksburg Transit saidThe app launched this week and so far over 600 people have downloaded.It was developed by Automation Creations Inc. andNOM...
    Blacksburg Transit Officials released the "BT4U" app. The app is designed to help users navigate through Blacsksburg's bus system as well give feedback to BT officials. "Once we better understand how our passengers use the system can we modify the system or modify passenger behavior to help save green house gases and energy reduction" Tim Wittenwith Blacksburg Transit saidThe app launched this week and so far over 600 people have downloaded.It was developed by Automation Creations Inc. andNOM...
  • 14th Annual Armed Forces Parade

    14th Annual Armed Forces Parade

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:55 GMT
    Veterans at the Virginia Veterans Care Center aren't able to go to parades so volunteers brought the parade to their front lawn. Members of the ROTC and several military vehicles and various floats went around the Salem VA Medical Center on Saturday. "It was wonderful and talking to one of our partners from the va she said there might have been 3-4 participants 14 years ago so to have 32-33 participating to honor our veterans was tremendous" Lisa Thompson Red Cross Regional Director said. The...
    Veterans at the Virginia Veterans Care Center aren't able to go to parades so volunteers brought the parade to their front lawn. Members of the ROTC and several military vehicles and various floats went around the Salem VA Medical Center on Saturday. "It was wonderful and talking to one of our partners from the va she said there might have been 3-4 participants 14 years ago so to have 32-33 participating to honor our veterans was tremendous" Lisa Thompson Red Cross Regional Director said. The...
  • 24th Annual Local Colors Festival

    24th Annual Local Colors Festival

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:55 GMT
    People in Elmwood Park had a chance to experience over 100 different cultures at the 24th Annual Local Colors Festival. Performers danced to music from their countries while spectators watched. Cultures from England to China to Brazil were represented at the festival. "We're more than happy to keep doing this and we're very excited and actually see this through to next year, 25 years will be quite the milestone,"Amanda Alavarez Assistant Executive Director of Local Colors said.
    People in Elmwood Park had a chance to experience over 100 different cultures at the 24th Annual Local Colors Festival. Performers danced to music from their countries while spectators watched. Cultures from England to China to Brazil were represented at the festival. "We're more than happy to keep doing this and we're very excited and actually see this through to next year, 25 years will be quite the milestone,"Amanda Alavarez Assistant Executive Director of Local Colors said.
  • Ruckus in the Cage

    Ruckus in the Cage

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:54 GMT
    Event Promoters say fists flew inside the cage and ticket sales have been strong. About 60 fighters from Virginia to South Carolina participated in the event.
    Event Promoters say fists flew inside the cage and ticket sales have been strong. About 60 fighters from Virginia to South Carolina participated in the event.
  • Carillon NICU Birthday

    Carillon NICU Birthday

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:54 GMT
    Carillon Clinic Children's Hospital an annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Birthday Party. The event was to honor the toddlers who graduated from the NIC-U and are now healthy. NIC-U officials say they see about 700 children every year who are born prematurely.
    Carillon Clinic Children's Hospital an annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Birthday Party. The event was to honor the toddlers who graduated from the NIC-U and are now healthy. NIC-U officials say they see about 700 children every year who are born prematurely.
  • Parents Voice Concern about School Possibly Closing

    Parents Voice Concern about School Possibly Closing

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:53 GMT
    In Moneta parents are working together to find out how they can save their child's school from possibly being closed. "The initial reaction was frustration and amazement this school is a pinnacle part of our community," Paul Martin a concerned parent said. Martin said he came to meet with the PTA to gain more information efficiency study released from the state on Thursday, part of the study recommended closing two schools, Moneta Elementary and Bedford Primary School. "We're a victim of some...
    In Moneta parents are working together to find out how they can save their child's school from possibly being closed. "The initial reaction was frustration and amazement this school is a pinnacle part of our community," Paul Martin a concerned parent said. Martin said he came to meet with the PTA to gain more information efficiency study released from the state on Thursday, part of the study recommended closing two schools, Moneta Elementary and Bedford Primary School. "We're a victim of some...
  • More Jobs in NRV Since Recession

    More Jobs in NRV Since Recession

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:50 GMT
    Since the recession hit in the US officials from the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance say there are more jobs in the New River Valley. They say to get companies interested in the NRV they have to collaborate with the state economic development agency as well go on trade shows. Aric Bopp the Executive Director of the NRV Economic Development Alliance says he calls on average every year about 100 companies, about 25 visit the NRV and 1 usually decides to open a business. "We're t...
    Since the recession hit in the US officials from the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance say there are more jobs in the New River Valley. They say to get companies interested in the NRV they have to collaborate with the state economic development agency as well go on trade shows. Aric Bopp the Executive Director of the NRV Economic Development Alliance says he calls on average every year about 100 companies, about 25 visit the NRV and 1 usually decides to open a business. "We're t...
  • IT Jobs Expand in the NRV

    IT Jobs Expand in the NRV

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:34 GMT
    The Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council says the Roanoke and New River Valleys are seeing an increase in technology jobs. They say with universities like Virginia Tech and Radford training qualified students, they work with them earlier to make sure they keep a job in the NRV. The RBTC says they get students involved with internships and job fairs so that it eventually leads to a job once they graduate. "Students have the opportunity to intern to job shadow and from those relationships it s...
    The Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council says the Roanoke and New River Valleys are seeing an increase in technology jobs. They say with universities like Virginia Tech and Radford training qualified students, they work with them earlier to make sure they keep a job in the NRV. The RBTC says they get students involved with internships and job fairs so that it eventually leads to a job once they graduate. "Students have the opportunity to intern to job shadow and from those relationships it s...
  • Virginia Museum of Transportation holds Celebration for Steam Locomotive

    Virginia Museum of Transportation holds Celebration for Steam Locomotive

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:19 GMT
    The Virginia Museum of Transportation held a day long celebration where people had a chance to see the Norfolk and Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger train go to Spencer, North Carolina for restoration. It's part of the "Fire Up 611" campaign, which is getting donations to pay for the restoration of the locomotive. The 611 was built here in Roanoke. "It's wonderful it shows you just how important this locomotive is we received money from 18 countries and all 50 states and I had a gentleman c...
    The Virginia Museum of Transportation held a day long celebration where people had a chance to see the Norfolk and Western Class J 611 Steam Passenger train go to Spencer, North Carolina for restoration. It's part of the "Fire Up 611" campaign, which is getting donations to pay for the restoration of the locomotive. The 611 was built here in Roanoke. "It's wonderful it shows you just how important this locomotive is we received money from 18 countries and all 50 states and I had a gentleman c...
  • Lord Botetourt High School creates Help Save The Next Girl Chapter

    Lord Botetourt High School creates Help Save The Next Girl Chapter

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:17 GMT
    Girls at Lord Botetourt High Schoolare trying to spread the message and "Help Save The Next Girl." Help Save The Next Girl is a non profit organization that started after the death and disappearance of 20 year old Morgan Harrington. The president and founderof the organization says acts of violence can happen to anyone at anytime and they hopegirls will understand how important it isto stay vigilant.The girls are raising money byselling t-shirts and wrist bands to create amemorial for Morgana...
    Girls at Lord Botetourt High Schoolare trying to spread the message and "Help Save The Next Girl." Help Save The Next Girl is a non profit organization that started after the death and disappearance of 20 year old Morgan Harrington. The president and founderof the organization says acts of violence can happen to anyone at anytime and they hopegirls will understand how important it isto stay vigilant.The girls are raising money byselling t-shirts and wrist bands to create amemorial for Morgana...
  • 1st Recycled Regatta and Watershed Awareness in Roanoke

    1st Recycled Regatta and Watershed Awareness in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:17 GMT
    Hundreds of people were at Wasena Park to learn about the Roanoke River and how to keep it clean. People created twelve boats from recycled products and floated down theRoanoke Riverfor the Recycled Regatta and Watershed Awareness Day." The Clean Valley Council says the purpose of today's event is to learn how important it is to keep the environment safe. "We want to connect them to river and not only realize the river is pretty to look at but you can actually get in the river and make sure t...
    Hundreds of people were at Wasena Park to learn about the Roanoke River and how to keep it clean. People created twelve boats from recycled products and floated down theRoanoke Riverfor the Recycled Regatta and Watershed Awareness Day." The Clean Valley Council says the purpose of today's event is to learn how important it is to keep the environment safe. "We want to connect them to river and not only realize the river is pretty to look at but you can actually get in the river and make sure t...
  • Body Camp Elementary School Parents Fight for School

    Body Camp Elementary School Parents Fight for School

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:16 GMT
    Body Camp parents are venting their frustrations to come up with a plan to save their school. It was not one the schools on the chopping block in the efficiency study released by the state, originally it was Moneta Elementary and Bedford Primary. "I was very upset I was very shocked and just devastated you know we have a short time to fight for it," Kate Baltzelle a concerned parent said. Parents were outside Body Camp on Sunday and spoke with School Board Representatives for the first time s...
    Body Camp parents are venting their frustrations to come up with a plan to save their school. It was not one the schools on the chopping block in the efficiency study released by the state, originally it was Moneta Elementary and Bedford Primary. "I was very upset I was very shocked and just devastated you know we have a short time to fight for it," Kate Baltzelle a concerned parent said. Parents were outside Body Camp on Sunday and spoke with School Board Representatives for the first time s...
  • The Murph Challenge Memorial Day 2014

    The Murph Challenge Memorial Day 2014

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:12 GMT
    Some people in the Star City are honoring fallen soldiers this Memorial Day by exercising. It's called "The Murph Challenge" and its part of a fundraiserbenefiting "The Lieutenant Michael Murphy Foundation." People had to run 1 mile, 200 pull ups, 100 pushups, 300 squats and run another mile. "It's an outstanding feeling i want more my goal here in the valley is to bring awareness to veterans like myself and a lot of the guys and gals out here and show that we are leaders in the community and...
    Some people in the Star City are honoring fallen soldiers this Memorial Day by exercising. It's called "The Murph Challenge" and its part of a fundraiserbenefiting "The Lieutenant Michael Murphy Foundation." People had to run 1 mile, 200 pull ups, 100 pushups, 300 squats and run another mile. "It's an outstanding feeling i want more my goal here in the valley is to bring awareness to veterans like myself and a lot of the guys and gals out here and show that we are leaders in the community and...
  • Red Cross Volunteers Still Serving the Community after serving country

    Red Cross Volunteers Still Serving the Community after serving country

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:12 GMT
    Two veterans who spent time serving our country say they still like to give their time and need to the Roanoke community. Vietnam Veteran Lloyd Long and US Coast Guard Chris Bruner both for the Roanoke Chapter of the American Red Cross.Long says after serving three years in the army he felt compelled to do something more andafter Hurricane Katrina he's been volunteering with theRed Cross.Bruner served on the Coast Guard and felt the same way/"Real rewarding because it helps me kind to get to ...
    Two veterans who spent time serving our country say they still like to give their time and need to the Roanoke community. Vietnam Veteran Lloyd Long and US Coast Guard Chris Bruner both for the Roanoke Chapter of the American Red Cross.Long says after serving three years in the army he felt compelled to do something more andafter Hurricane Katrina he's been volunteering with theRed Cross.Bruner served on the Coast Guard and felt the same way/"Real rewarding because it helps me kind to get to ...
  • Smith Mountain Lake Businesses Say Memorial Day Weekend off to Strong Start

    Smith Mountain Lake Businesses Say Memorial Day Weekend off to Strong Start

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:12 GMT
    Smith Mountain LakeRegional Chamber of Commerce says on average they see about 15 thousand people stop by the visitor center per year, but that's only a small fraction of how many people come out and enjoy activities on the lake.Roy Enlsow the owner of Bridgewater Marina says his sales are up 50 percent compared to other Memorial Days.He says part of the increase is because of the weather whichcan have a long term effect on his business for thesummer."That's nice to see early in the season be...
    Smith Mountain LakeRegional Chamber of Commerce says on average they see about 15 thousand people stop by the visitor center per year, but that's only a small fraction of how many people come out and enjoy activities on the lake.Roy Enlsow the owner of Bridgewater Marina says his sales are up 50 percent compared to other Memorial Days.He says part of the increase is because of the weather whichcan have a long term effect on his business for thesummer."That's nice to see early in the season be...
  • Glenvar High School Will Get Renovations

    Glenvar High School Will Get Renovations

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:56 GMT
    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approve 20 million dollars in bonds to allow the renovation at Glenvar High School.Some of the renovations will include a media center, some new classrooms, a new kitchen and cafeteria as well as geo thermal heating and cooling system. "Its time that you know if no other reason than efficiency standpoint going with it with the geothermal will reduce our cost over the long run and provide a more comfortable environment for students," School Board Member ...
    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approve 20 million dollars in bonds to allow the renovation at Glenvar High School.Some of the renovations will include a media center, some new classrooms, a new kitchen and cafeteria as well as geo thermal heating and cooling system. "Its time that you know if no other reason than efficiency standpoint going with it with the geothermal will reduce our cost over the long run and provide a more comfortable environment for students," School Board Member ...
  • Swimming Lessons at the YMCA

    Swimming Lessons at the YMCA

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:55 GMT
    Workers at the Kirk YMCA in Roanoke says the chance of drowning decreases by 88 percent if you know how to swim. They say during summer is usually when swimming deaths happen the most. YMCA officials say swimming lessons are a good investment its a good skill that can save your life. "We're trying to create a whole generation of young children specifically in the roanoke valley and specifically those children that may not get the opportunity to swim,"Keith Gaines Aquatics Director said.
    Workers at the Kirk YMCA in Roanoke says the chance of drowning decreases by 88 percent if you know how to swim. They say during summer is usually when swimming deaths happen the most. YMCA officials say swimming lessons are a good investment its a good skill that can save your life. "We're trying to create a whole generation of young children specifically in the roanoke valley and specifically those children that may not get the opportunity to swim,"Keith Gaines Aquatics Director said.
  • Ed Gillespie Wins Republican Nomination

    Ed Gillespie Wins Republican Nomination

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:56 GMT
    US Senator Mark Warner will face off against former Lobbyist Ed Gillespie in November. Gillespie won the Republican Party's nomination. Lars Hagen was one of about 2700 delegates who attended today's event and says the want a republican in office. "I will certainly go for and support who ever it is that wins but I'm hopeful in the fall we can persevere and retire Mark Warner," Lars Hagen a delegate from Franklin Countysaid. Four candidates Chuck Moss, Shak Hill, Tony Detora and Ed Gillespie...
    US Senator Mark Warner will face off against former Lobbyist Ed Gillespie in November. Gillespie won the Republican Party's nomination. Lars Hagen was one of about 2700 delegates who attended today's event and says the want a republican in office. "I will certainly go for and support who ever it is that wins but I'm hopeful in the fall we can persevere and retire Mark Warner," Lars Hagen a delegate from Franklin Countysaid. Four candidates Chuck Moss, Shak Hill, Tony Detora and Ed Gillespie...
  • Democrats Share Reaction to Gillespie Winning Nomination

    Democrats Share Reaction to Gillespie Winning Nomination

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:56 GMT
    Roanoke Democrats shared their reaction after learning Ed Gillespie won Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate. Political Strategist "Dave Mudcat Saunders" and supporters were outside the Civic Center in support of Mark Warner. Saunders claims Gillespie is lobbyist for greedy corporations hopes people will see a difference between candidates."We don't need anymore coin operated government on republicans or democrats mark has attempted to reach across the party aisle he's not a part...
    Roanoke Democrats shared their reaction after learning Ed Gillespie won Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate. Political Strategist "Dave Mudcat Saunders" and supporters were outside the Civic Center in support of Mark Warner. Saunders claims Gillespie is lobbyist for greedy corporations hopes people will see a difference between candidates."We don't need anymore coin operated government on republicans or democrats mark has attempted to reach across the party aisle he's not a part...
  • Honor Flight for D-Day Veterans

    Honor Flight for D-Day Veterans

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:55 GMT
    Over sixty five veterans arrived in Southwest Virginia to attend the 70th Anniversary of D-Day at the D-Day National Memorial in Bedford. The veterans and their guardians are on the third portion of the trip to Washington D.C. where they'll visit the World War IIMemorial and the Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard.Volunteers say its their fist timemaking a trip to Roanoke, but it's worth theflight."Roanoke has done a fabulous job welcoming these veterans they probably ha...
    Over sixty five veterans arrived in Southwest Virginia to attend the 70th Anniversary of D-Day at the D-Day National Memorial in Bedford. The veterans and their guardians are on the third portion of the trip to Washington D.C. where they'll visit the World War IIMemorial and the Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard.Volunteers say its their fist timemaking a trip to Roanoke, but it's worth theflight."Roanoke has done a fabulous job welcoming these veterans they probably ha...
  • Help Save the Next Girl Event In South Boston

    Help Save the Next Girl Event In South Boston

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:55 GMT
    Advocates for Help Save The Next Girlwas with the families of Missing Wendy Beadles Francis, James Brown, and Hattie Brown at the Walmart in South Boston, VA to help raise awareness for these 3 cases. Dan and Gil Harrington were there as well to offer support and encourage others to help young girls to stay safe.
    Advocates for Help Save The Next Girlwas with the families of Missing Wendy Beadles Francis, James Brown, and Hattie Brown at the Walmart in South Boston, VA to help raise awareness for these 3 cases. Dan and Gil Harrington were there as well to offer support and encourage others to help young girls to stay safe.
  • Lewis Gale and Carilion Softball Challenge

    Lewis Gale and Carilion Softball Challenge

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:55 GMT
    Doctors put down their stethoscopes and pick up a softball glove for charity. Workers from Lewis Gale and Carilion played a softball game for the American Heart Association. It was $5 to come and watch. Today's event also had children's games and a dunking booth. "I think things like this to heighten the awareness of the american heart association gives us an opportunity for a friendly collaboration and competition and overall serve the community" Dr. Paul Frantz with Carilion Hospital said. ...
    Doctors put down their stethoscopes and pick up a softball glove for charity. Workers from Lewis Gale and Carilion played a softball game for the American Heart Association. It was $5 to come and watch. Today's event also had children's games and a dunking booth. "I think things like this to heighten the awareness of the american heart association gives us an opportunity for a friendly collaboration and competition and overall serve the community" Dr. Paul Frantz with Carilion Hospital said. ...
  • Alumni Walk Down Glenvar High School one Final Time

    Alumni Walk Down Glenvar High School one Final Time

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:54 GMT
    Glevnar High School is about to undergo some major renovations but before it gets a facelift, alumni had a chance to check it out and take pictures. Some shared with WSLS where they had their first kiss others sharedwhere performed a dance called the "Cupid Shuffle." Alumni are sad to see the original building go, but say the renovations are necessary. Some of the renovations include a new kitchen and cafeteria, more classrooms, a new theatre and more parking spaces to alleviate traffic conge...
    Glevnar High School is about to undergo some major renovations but before it gets a facelift, alumni had a chance to check it out and take pictures. Some shared with WSLS where they had their first kiss others sharedwhere performed a dance called the "Cupid Shuffle." Alumni are sad to see the original building go, but say the renovations are necessary. Some of the renovations include a new kitchen and cafeteria, more classrooms, a new theatre and more parking spaces to alleviate traffic conge...
  • New Businesses in Vinton Growing

    New Businesses in Vinton Growing

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:49 GMT
    The town of Vinton is seeing more construction in Vinton. WSLS checked the numbers and found therehas been an increase of new businesses in the town. In 2011 the number was 25 and jumped to 36 in 2012 and remained the same for 2013 but between January and May of this year there have 35 new businesses. Town officials say the part of the reason is because they offer incentive packages, $100,000 for business owners who decided to open in downtown. Another reason is because chamber of commerce of...
    The town of Vinton is seeing more construction in Vinton. WSLS checked the numbers and found therehas been an increase of new businesses in the town. In 2011 the number was 25 and jumped to 36 in 2012 and remained the same for 2013 but between January and May of this year there have 35 new businesses. Town officials say the part of the reason is because they offer incentive packages, $100,000 for business owners who decided to open in downtown. Another reason is because chamber of commerce of...
  • Eastern Montgomery High School announces Employee of the Year

    Eastern Montgomery High School announces Employee of the Year

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:32 GMT
    Tina Sarver a special education staff member won the Support Staff Employee of the Year award.
    Tina Sarver a special education staff member won the Support Staff Employee of the Year award.
  • Salem's First 5K Race to Honor Dad

    Salem's First 5K Race to Honor Dad

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:16 GMT
    100 participants ran in the first 5K Race at the Salem YMCA Saturday. The YMCA says they founded the first Father's Day in 1910 in Spokane, Washington and today was day to continue the tradition by inviting families to the race. "It feels great we have so many people in our community that of course are celebrating father's day this weekend and this is the YMCA'S way to invite people out people who may not be y members to celebrate dad," Kim Bratic Communincations Director the YMCA said.Dad's ...
    100 participants ran in the first 5K Race at the Salem YMCA Saturday. The YMCA says they founded the first Father's Day in 1910 in Spokane, Washington and today was day to continue the tradition by inviting families to the race. "It feels great we have so many people in our community that of course are celebrating father's day this weekend and this is the YMCA'S way to invite people out people who may not be y members to celebrate dad," Kim Bratic Communincations Director the YMCA said.Dad's ...
  • Juneteenth Celebration in Roanoke

    Juneteenth Celebration in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:15 GMT
    Juneteenth is a day that commerates the end of slavery. Thousands of people gathered at Washington Park in Raonoke to relax and listen to some music. Organizers say about 5 thousand people enjoyed food and a cold drink to beat the heat. The event is part of the "Southern Christian Leadership Conference's gang prevetion program. The goal is that young people will meet postive role models at the event. "We wanted to have an event because a number of people because a number of people want to go ...
    Juneteenth is a day that commerates the end of slavery. Thousands of people gathered at Washington Park in Raonoke to relax and listen to some music. Organizers say about 5 thousand people enjoyed food and a cold drink to beat the heat. The event is part of the "Southern Christian Leadership Conference's gang prevetion program. The goal is that young people will meet postive role models at the event. "We wanted to have an event because a number of people because a number of people want to go ...
  • Father's Day Bash

    Father's Day Bash

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:15 GMT
    In the New River Valley Father's were treated to a feast at the "2nd Father's Day Bash." People enjoyed some tunes, ate food and played corn hole. Dad's also watched their kids perform with a puppeteer group and organizers say children also made some Father's Day cards. They say it's good fathers are getting the same recognition as mothers. "It's kind of a fun way to celebrate dads and they can come out with their families and even if you want you don't have to have a dad with you it's a lot ...
    In the New River Valley Father's were treated to a feast at the "2nd Father's Day Bash." People enjoyed some tunes, ate food and played corn hole. Dad's also watched their kids perform with a puppeteer group and organizers say children also made some Father's Day cards. They say it's good fathers are getting the same recognition as mothers. "It's kind of a fun way to celebrate dads and they can come out with their families and even if you want you don't have to have a dad with you it's a lot ...
  • Roanoke Redevelopment Housing Authority Helps People Despite Federal Cuts

    Roanoke Redevelopment Housing Authority Helps People Despite Federal Cuts

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:08 GMT
    (source: http://www.rkehousing.org/)(source: http://www.rkehousing.org/)
    The Roanoke Redevelopment Housing Authority Section 8 program has had lack of funding from the federal cuts which has caused workers at RRHA to not accept applications.
    The Roanoke Redevelopment Housing Authority Section 8 program has had lack of funding from the federal cuts which has caused workers at RRHA to not accept applications.
  • New Business in Blacksburg Helps Seniors Move

    New Business in Blacksburg Helps Seniors Move

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:06 GMT
    According to the United Health Foundation Senior Citizens Report that ranks the quality of life for seniors, the Commonwealth ranks 21.
    According to the United Health Foundation Senior Citizens Report that ranks the quality of life for seniors, the Commonwealth ranks 21.
  • Claytor Lake Festival brings in money for local businesses

    Claytor Lake Festival brings in money for local businesses

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:01 GMT
    Fireworks over Claytor LakeFireworks over Claytor Lake
    This past weekend, June 13 to 15, the Claytor Lake Festival brought in an estimated $1 million in Pulaski County.
    This past weekend, June 13 to 15, the Claytor Lake Festival brought in an estimated $1 million in Pulaski County.
  • Community Housing Partners Renovates Apartments In Pulaski

    Community Housing Partners Renovates Apartments In Pulaski

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:53 GMT
    Community housing partners renovated this 46 apartment complex for low income residents.Community housing partners renovated this 46 apartment complex for low income residents.
    Community Housing Partners is a non-profit organization that renovates houses fixed property for low income resident in Pulaski.
    Community Housing Partners is a non-profit organization that renovates houses fixed property for low income resident in Pulaski.
  • Safe Side Tactical Owners Hold Gun Safety Event

    Safe Side Tactical Owners Hold Gun Safety Event

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:36 GMT
    Safe Side Tactical Owners held a gun safety event after 7 year old Shane Nichols was accidentally shot by his 12 year old brother while playing with a gun at a neighbor's house in Franklin County.
    Safe Side Tactical Owners held a gun safety event after 7 year old Shane Nichols was accidentally shot by his 12 year old brother while playing with a gun at a neighbor's house in Franklin County.

  • Parks and Arts

    Parks and Arts

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:36 GMT
    Hundreds of People showed up Preston Park to enjoy the arts. Its the second year the star city has put on "Parks and Arts."
    Hundreds of People showed up Preston Park to enjoy the arts. Its the second year the star city has put on "Parks and Arts."
  • Miss Virginia Contestants Arrive in Star City

    Miss Virginia Contestants Arrive in Star City

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:35 GMT
    Twenty six girls from across The Commonwealth will compete for the crown on Thursday.
    Twenty six girls from across The Commonwealth will compete for the crown on Thursday.
  • High School Students Learning About James River

    High School Students Learning About James River

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:35 GMT
    Students from across Virginia are trading in their pencils for paddles and are traveling down the James River. It's the fourth year the James River Association held the "James River Expedition."
    Students from across Virginia are trading in their pencils for paddles and are traveling down the James River. It's the fourth year the James River Association held the "James River Expedition."

  • Investigators Release Name of Victim on Smith Mountain Lake Boating Accident

    Investigators Release Name of Victim on Smith Mountain Lake Boating Accident

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:09 GMT
    Investigators released the name of the victim,37 year old Timothy O'Quinn from Bottetourt County. They say O'Quinn was riding in the boat with 61 year old Teddy Wolford when it was hit by Gary and Chrystal Nichols around 9 Friday evening. Detectives say Wolford's 14 year old grandson is responsible for saving the Nichols' lives. The Nichols were treated at nearby hospitals and Wolford is still hospitalized with serious injuries. Investigators say all were there for the fishing tournament and ...
    Investigators released the name of the victim,37 year old Timothy O'Quinn from Bottetourt County. They say O'Quinn was riding in the boat with 61 year old Teddy Wolford when it was hit by Gary and Chrystal Nichols around 9 Friday evening. Detectives say Wolford's 14 year old grandson is responsible for saving the Nichols' lives. The Nichols were treated at nearby hospitals and Wolford is still hospitalized with serious injuries. Investigators say all were there for the fishing tournament and ...
  • Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Approve Verizon Cell Tower

    Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Approve Verizon Cell Tower

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-06-24 21:47:16 GMT
    The Montgomery County of Supervisors voted 4-3 to approve the construction of a Verizon cell tower near Riner.
    The Montgomery County of Supervisors voted 4-3 to approve the construction of a Verizon cell tower near Riner.
  • Pitch and Polish Clinic

    Pitch and Polish Clinic

    Friday, May 23 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-05-23 13:51:39 GMT
    Small business owners had the chance to polish their pitches to investors. Businesses owners gave a 10 minute brief presentation and later got feedback from the experts. The Pitch and Polish Clinics are held monthly. The next one is on June 17th.
    Small business owners had the chance to polish their pitches to investors. Businesses owners gave a 10 minute brief presentation and later got feedback from the experts. The Pitch and Polish Clinics are held monthly. The next one is on June 17th.
  • Festivals Draw A Large Crowd in Roanoke

    Festivals Draw A Large Crowd in Roanoke

    Saturday, May 3 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-05-03 23:37:35 GMT
    The City of Roanoke has seen several festivals in the last couple of weeks. “Downtown Roanoke, Inc.” says it’s helping with businesses. Last weekend, 2,000 runners came downtown for the Blue Ridge Marathon last weekend. This weekend, people came out to the Strawberry Festival and Cinco de Mayo Festival. This is the first time both Elmwood Park and Market Square have been used at the same time since renovations w...
    The City of Roanoke has seen several festivals in the last couple of weeks. “Downtown Roanoke, Inc.” says it’s helping with businesses. Last weekend, 2,000 runners came downtown for the Blue Ridge Marathon last weekend. This weekend, people came out to the Strawberry Festival and Cinco de Mayo Festival. This is the first time both Elmwood Park and Market Square have been used at the same time since renovations w...
  • Town of Vinton Officials say Library could attract more businesses

    Town of Vinton Officials say Library could attract more businesses

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:51:28 GMT
    Vinton Chamber of Commerce officials as well as the Town officialssay thecurrent library is brings in 200 thousand people to visit. They hope by moving the library to downtown that more businesses will be attracted to set up a shop. Businesses like Flowers by Eddie hope revitializing downtown will also bring in other shops.
    Vinton Chamber of Commerce officials as well as the Town officialssay thecurrent library is brings in 200 thousand people to visit. They hope by moving the library to downtown that more businesses will be attracted to set up a shop. Businesses like Flowers by Eddie hope revitializing downtown will also bring in other shops.
  • Fishburn Park Elementary Students Celebrate their Earth Day

    Fishburn Park Elementary Students Celebrate their Earth Day

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:47:27 GMT
    120 Students from Fishburn Park Elementary learned about water safety at the YMCA in Roanoke. They also learned about the importance of wearing a life jacket especially when the play in the water .YMCA officials say it's impaortant kids know because summer months are usually when kids play in the water. Officials say when a child knows how to swim the chance of them drowning decreases by 88 percent.
    120 Students from Fishburn Park Elementary learned about water safety at the YMCA in Roanoke. They also learned about the importance of wearing a life jacket especially when the play in the water .YMCA officials say it's impaortant kids know because summer months are usually when kids play in the water. Officials say when a child knows how to swim the chance of them drowning decreases by 88 percent.
  • Radford City fines surpasses $1,000,000

    Radford City fines surpasses $1,000,000

    Monday, March 10 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-03-10 22:29:14 GMT
    Radford City Commonwealth Attorney Chris Rehak presented a check of $1,000,000 to the city. Rehak says the money comes from DUI fines from 1204 people in the city of Radford. The money Rehak suggests could be used for schools, parks or recreation.
    Radford City Commonwealth Attorney Chris Rehak presented a check of $1,000,000 to the city. Rehak says the money comes from DUI fines from 1204 people in the city of Radford. The money Rehak suggests could be used for schools, parks or recreation.
  • Montgomery County Proposes Fiscal Year Budget

    Montgomery County Proposes Fiscal Year Budget

    Thursday, March 6 2014 9:35 AM EST2014-03-06 14:35:05 GMT
    The Montgomery County administrator presented the proposedbudget, $171.6 millionfor fiscal year 2014-2015. Most of the money would be going towards schools to operate for the next year.
    The Montgomery County administrator presented the proposedbudget, $171.6 millionfor fiscal year 2014-2015. Most of the money would be going towards schools to operate for the next year.
  • Roller Derby in Salem

    Roller Derby in Salem

    Saturday, February 1 2014 6:19 PM EST2014-02-01 23:19:23 GMT
    A popular sport known to take out aggression hit the Salem Civic Center. The Star City Roller Girls went up against the Greenbrier Roller Girls to bring the love of the sport to a wider audience. At halftime Angels of Assisi allowed some animals to walk the court to see if any residents would want to take them home.
    A popular sport known to take out aggression hit the Salem Civic Center. The Star City Roller Girls went up against the Greenbrier Roller Girls to bring the love of the sport to a wider audience. At halftime Angels of Assisi allowed some animals to walk the court to see if any residents would want to take them home.
  • Top Stories

    New Digital Learning Resources at Pulaski Elementary

    New Digital Learning Resources at Pulaski Elementary

    Monday, January 13 2014 6:08 PM EST2014-01-13 23:08:42 GMT
    Virginia State Education leaders unveiled new digital learning resources at Pulaski Elementary School on Monday. The demonstration included students creating an interactive timeline on the I-Pad or watching educational videos. "The main focus of today's roll out is the instructional materials the digital resources that can be used on a variety of personal computing devices," Superintendent of PublicInstruction Patricia Wright said.State leaders say the first digital course will be virtual ast...
    Virginia State Education leaders unveiled new digital learning resources at Pulaski Elementary School on Monday. The demonstration included students creating an interactive timeline on the I-Pad or watching educational videos. "The main focus of today's roll out is the instructional materials the digital resources that can be used on a variety of personal computing devices," Superintendent of PublicInstruction Patricia Wright said.State leaders say the first digital course will be virtual ast...
  • Wood Sales Booming for Floyd County Man

    Wood Sales Booming for Floyd County Man

    Friday, January 10 2014 9:57 PM EST2014-01-11 02:57:14 GMT
    A Floyd County man says his automated hydraulic firewood processing machine has allowed him to earn several thousand dollars in the past 6 six months. He says his 60 thousand dollar machine allows him to cut, chop and split firewood a lot faster than it would a chainsaw. Stephen Brooks the owner of Brooks and Company started his firewood business six years ago and says with his machine it allows him to work efficiently. It also allows him to live efficiently.
    A Floyd County man says his automated hydraulic firewood processing machine has allowed him to earn several thousand dollars in the past 6 six months. He says his 60 thousand dollar machine allows him to cut, chop and split firewood a lot faster than it would a chainsaw. Stephen Brooks the owner of Brooks and Company started his firewood business six years ago and says with his machine it allows him to work efficiently. It also allows him to live efficiently.
  • Blacksburg Pastor Helps West Virginia Residents

    Blacksburg Pastor Helps West Virginia Residents

    Friday, January 10 2014 5:34 PM EST2014-01-10 22:34:10 GMT
    A Blacksburg pastor is helping those in need after chemical spillcontaminated the water in West Virginia.Pastor Tony Johnson from Wesleyan Community Churchcreated a post on his online page and withinfour hours had enough bottled water to fill two vehicles.Johnson is going to Faith Community Church becausehe says thoseparishionerswill be served last because they have no means of transportation. He plans to go back to Charleston, WV in the coming weeks.
    A Blacksburg pastor is helping those in need after chemical spillcontaminated the water in West Virginia.Pastor Tony Johnson from Wesleyan Community Churchcreated a post on his online page and withinfour hours had enough bottled water to fill two vehicles.Johnson is going to Faith Community Church becausehe says thoseparishionerswill be served last because they have no means of transportation. He plans to go back to Charleston, WV in the coming weeks.
  • Non profit helps startups in Danville

    Non profit helps startups in Danville

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:42:29 GMT
    The Launch Place received a $10 million grant from the Danville Regional Foundation to help start-ups in Danville.
    The Launch Place received a $10 million grant from the Danville Regional Foundation to help start-ups in Danville.
  • House fire displaces family in Rocky Mount

    House fire displaces family in Rocky Mount

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:39:23 GMT
     A fire in Rocky Mount leaves a family without home.
     A fire in Rocky Mount leaves a family without home.
  • Poff family hosts first Bullying Awareness Event

    Poff family hosts first Bullying Awareness Event

    Saturday, August 23 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-08-24 00:45:19 GMT
    A senator is joining in a mother's fight to help stop bullying in schools. The family of Max Poff held a bullying awareness event Saturday.
    A senator is joining in a mother's fight to help stop bullying in schools. The family of Max Poff held a bullying awareness event Saturday.
  • City of Danville getting facelift, Wi-Fi

    City of Danville getting facelift, Wi-Fi

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:46:05 GMT
    The River District in downtown Danville is getting a facelift.
    The River District in downtown Danville is getting a facelift.
  • Danville Utilities employees fired after internal audit

    Danville Utilities employees fired after internal audit

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:41:08 GMT
    The Danville Police Department is investigating the possible abuse of overtime pay and a possible illegal use of credit cards and the Danville utilities department. The city manager started the investigation
    The Danville Police Department is investigating the possible abuse of overtime pay and a possible illegal use of credit cards and the Danville utilities department.
  • Businesses help students in Star City get ready for school

    Businesses help students in Star City get ready for school

    Sunday, August 17 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-08-17 23:22:06 GMT
    Hundreds came to First Impressions Hair Designs Sunday to get their haircut and Kand J Cafe provided lunch.
    Hundreds came to First Impressions Hair Designs Sunday to get their haircut and Kand J Cafe provided lunch.
  • New security systems welcome students back to school in Pittsylvania County

    New security systems welcome students back to school in Pittsylvania County

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-08-12 02:55:10 GMT
    Monday was the first day of school in Pittsylvania County.When parents picked up their kids they, may have noticed some security changes.
    Monday was the first day of school in Pittsylvania County.When parents picked up their kids they, may have noticed some security changes.
  • Blacksburg town council gets update on downtown parking

    Blacksburg town council gets update on downtown parking

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-08-05 21:42:21 GMT
    The town council in Blacksburg is getting an update on how to handle parking downtown.
    The town council in Blacksburg is getting an update on how to handle parking downtown.
  • Company in Roanoke Valley significantly cuts customers electric bill

    Company in Roanoke Valley significantly cuts customers electric bill

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 9:29 AM EDT2014-08-05 13:29:42 GMT
    ROANOKE (WSLS) --- Renewable Engineered Systems a company that designs solar energy systems for homes has created about two dozens jobs. They are also helping people lower their electric bill. Mark Sklar who lives in Roanoke contacted workers at RES last year. Sklar says he wanted to save on his electric bill. "I was interested in not only saving money but helping the environment," Sklar said.
    ROANOKE (WSLS) --- Renewable Engineered Systems a company that designs solar energy systems for homes has created about two dozens jobs. They are also helping people lower their electric bill. Mark Sklar who lives in Roanoke contacted workers at RES last year. Sklar says he wanted to save on his electric bill. "I was interested in not only saving money but helping the environment," Sklar said.
  • Biggest Loser runner up is raising awareness

    Biggest Loser runner up is raising awareness

    Monday, August 4 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-08-04 22:17:15 GMT
    A Biggest Loser finalist is making his way through Virginia, he stopped Monday in the Roanoke. Joe Ostaszewski finished fourth in season 14 of the Biggest Loser. After losing 150 pounds on the show... he has now set out to ride his bike for a greater cause called "Riding it Forward."
    A Biggest Loser finalist is on a mission to inspire kids to live healthy by biking across America, and his tour brought him to Roanoke Monday.
  • Dozens help clean up Moneta Elementary School

    Dozens help clean up Moneta Elementary School

    Saturday, August 2 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-08-03 00:23:51 GMT
    The community sent out another  S.O.S. to help clean the exteriors of Moneta Elementary so when students came back to school it would have a new look.
    The community sent out another  S.O.S. to help clean the exteriors of Moneta Elementary so when students came back to school it would have a new look.
  • Senator Mark Warner opens campaign office in Roanoke

    Senator Mark Warner opens campaign office in Roanoke

    Saturday, August 2 2014 8:16 PM EDT2014-08-03 00:16:03 GMT
    Senator Mark Warner stopped in southwest Virginia. The Democrat opened his Roanoke campaign office off  Franklin Road. This is his third campaign office in Virginia.
    Senator Mark Warner stopped in southwest Virginia. The Democrat opened his Roanoke campaign office off  Franklin Road. This is his third campaign office in Virginia.
  • Floyd community members fight against pipeline proposal

    Floyd community members fight against pipeline proposal

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:25:12 GMT
    Natural gas companies EQT Midstream and Next Era want to build a 330 mile pipeline across local counties.
    Natural gas companies EQT Midstream and Next Era want to build a 330 mile pipeline across local counties.
  • Salem Red Sox Seeing an Increase in Attendance

    Salem Red Sox Seeing an Increase in Attendance

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-28 00:22:14 GMT
    The Salem Red Sox's new general manager Ryan Sheltonis already hitting a home run for the team. Since he's been on the job attendance has increased and fans are more engaged. Last year the average attendance was a little over 2,700 much lower compared to just a couple years prior. In 2011, it was more than 3,400. The Salem Red Sox general manager says attendance has increased about 30 percent from last year. They completely sold out two games, a first time in six years which is due to their m...
    The Salem Red Sox's new general manager Ryan Sheltonis already hitting a home run for the team. Since he's been on the job attendance has increased and fans are more engaged. Last year the average attendance was a little over 2,700 much lower compared to just a couple years prior. In 2011, it was more than 3,400. The Salem Red Sox general manager says attendance has increased about 30 percent from last year. They completely sold out two games, a first time in six years which is due to their m...
  • Love Week Starts

    Love Week Starts

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-28 00:20:51 GMT
    One church in Roanoke is helping others get a head start on back to school supplies. About 25 volunteers packed 250 back packs full of pencils, notebooks and tissues for "Straight Street." It's all part of Elevation Roanoke's second annual Love Week where volunteers give their time all week to help organizations. One organization they helped is Straight Street which is a place where teens can hanged out make friends and find someone who will listen to their problems. "We're excited that we ge...
    One church in Roanoke is helping others get a head start on back to school supplies. About 25 volunteers packed 250 back packs full of pencils, notebooks and tissues for "Straight Street." It's all part of Elevation Roanoke's second annual Love Week where volunteers give their time all week to help organizations. One organization they helped is Straight Street which is a place where teens can hanged out make friends and find someone who will listen to their problems. "We're excited that we ge...
  • Confederate Flag Protest in Lexington

    Confederate Flag Protest in Lexington

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:30:10 GMT
    Organizers from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans held a rally in Lexington. This comes after the administration at Washington and Lee University recently decided to remove Confederate flags from Lee Chapel. 250 People from Maryland to Georgia participated in the rally. They say he purpose of the rally is to get the administration at Washington and Lee University to reverse their decision adn to education those who may have some misconceptions about the Confederate flag. Historian David Ch...
    Organizers from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans held a rally in Lexington. This comes after the administration at Washington and Lee University recently decided to remove Confederate flags from Lee Chapel. 250 People from Maryland to Georgia participated in the rally. They say he purpose of the rally is to get the administration at Washington and Lee University to reverse their decision adn to education those who may have some misconceptions about the Confederate flag. Historian David Ch...
  • Dozens participate in Fanta's 5K Run Walk

    Dozens participate in Fanta's 5K Run Walk

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-26 23:03:39 GMT
    Dozens of people in Roanoke laced up their shoes and ran for charity. Forty five runners participated in the "Fanta's 5K Run Walk at Washington Park. It's a fundraiser for "Sabrina's Place" which is a safe haven for domestic abuse survivors. The run was named in honor of Sabrina Reed who was a victim of domestic violence. "Fanta" was a nickname her sorority sisters gave her. "It is great having more people here we're excited that the community is getting involved this year were able to grab s...
    Dozens of people in Roanoke laced up their shoes and ran for charity. Forty five runners participated in the "Fanta's 5K Run Walk at Washington Park. It's a fundraiser for "Sabrina's Place" which is a safe haven for domestic abuse survivors. The run was named in honor of Sabrina Reed who was a victim of domestic violence. "Fanta" was a nickname her sorority sisters gave her. "It is great having more people here we're excited that the community is getting involved this year were able to grab s...
  • Localities hesitant for the fiber optic cable project

    Localities hesitant for the fiber optic cable project

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:39:48 GMT
    Progress for the multi-locality broad brand initiative slows as local officials determine they need more information.
    Progress for the multi-locality broad brand initiative slows as local officials determine they need more information.
  • Pulaski Farmer's Market helps boost town's economy

    Pulaski Farmer's Market helps boost town's economy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:16 GMT
    Pulaski Farmers MarketPulaski Farmers Market
    It's been two years since the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce has taken over the Farmer's Market in Pulaski.
    It's been two years since the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce has taken over the Farmer's Market in Pulaski.
  • VDOT moves forward with new Park and Ride location

    VDOT moves forward with new Park and Ride location

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:49 GMT
    The Town of Christiansburg and Montgomery County adopted a resolution agreeing that the preferred site marked in yellow was the best fit to relocate the park and ride.
    The Town of Christiansburg and Montgomery County adopted a resolution agreeing that the preferred site marked in yellow was the best fit to relocate the park and ride.
  • Festival officials prepare for Floydfest 13

    Festival officials prepare for Floydfest 13

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:37:36 GMT
    Crews are working to set up the main stage and shops for FloydFest 13.
    Crews are working to set up the main stage and shops for FloydFest 13.
  • Organization teams up with Salem Red Sox to get animals adopted

    Organization teams up with Salem Red Sox to get animals adopted

    Sunday, July 20 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-20 23:50:50 GMT
    SALEM(WSLS) Angels of Assisi partnered with the "Salem Red Sox" for "Bark in the Park." It's an event where people can come with their dogs to watch the team play. The organization also had dogs available to meet kids. They hope by exposing their dogs to other areas of the Roanoke Valley more animals will get adopted. "We're hoping to expand our community outreach we do a lot with roanoke city and the surrounding areas we'd love to reach out to salem and get our name out there and get some mo...
    SALEM(WSLS) Angels of Assisi partnered with the "Salem Red Sox" for "Bark in the Park." It's an event where people can come with their dogs to watch the team play. The organization also had dogs available to meet kids. They hope by exposing their dogs to other areas of the Roanoke Valley more animals will get adopted. "We're hoping to expand our community outreach we do a lot with roanoke city and the surrounding areas we'd love to reach out to salem and get our name out there and get some mo...
  • Community Comes Together to Help Fix Craig County Schools

    Community Comes Together to Help Fix Craig County Schools

    Saturday, July 19 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-20 01:14:34 GMT
    Craig County Schools needed major renovations, from new roofs to air conditioning, the renovations will have save money in the long run. Volunteers from Home Depot are helping to donate their time and labor. Workers say the reason they like doing it is because they want to help a community that helped their business. "That's something we do we just want to give back its not for any kind of recognition its something that we want to do we saw a need we wanted to to help meet the need that's wha...
    Craig County Schools needed major renovations, from new roofs to air conditioning, the renovations will have save money in the long run. Volunteers from Home Depot are helping to donate their time and labor. Workers say the reason they like doing it is because they want to help a community that helped their business. "That's something we do we just want to give back its not for any kind of recognition its something that we want to do we saw a need we wanted to to help meet the need that's wha...
  • Fundraiser for Hit and Run Victim

    Fundraiser for Hit and Run Victim

    Sunday, July 13 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-07-13 21:25:20 GMT
    Siblings from West Virginia are trying to raise money so they can get their mother's remains back home.Forty five year old Sandra Loughry was killed in a hit and run last week. It happened in the 3000 block of Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke. Family members say Loughry has been cremated, but they need help to pay for the $2000 bill. Janine Vandanberg set upfundraiser to help the family. "I really pray that God opens these peoples hearts up to be able to give to these children, these children hav...
    Siblings from West Virginia are trying to raise money so they can get their mother's remains back home.Forty five year old Sandra Loughry was killed in a hit and run last week. It happened in the 3000 block of Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke. Family members say Loughry has been cremated, but they need help to pay for the $2000 bill. Janine Vandanberg set upfundraiser to help the family. "I really pray that God opens these peoples hearts up to be able to give to these children, these children hav...
  • Protesters Want to Shut Down Mill Mountain Zoo

    Protesters Want to Shut Down Mill Mountain Zoo

    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-07-13 00:51:29 GMT
    A local animal rights group called "Roanoke Animal Advocates" is protesting local zoos in Roanoke. They ultimately want to shut down Mill Mountain Zoo because they say the animals are being exploited. "I love animals I believe they should not be in the zoo they should be moved to a sanctuary because this is not a place where they can live," Cais Thomas a protestor said.The groupwas founded in early January andfeels the animals should live out their lives in a sanctuary and not ina cage. "Most...
    A local animal rights group called "Roanoke Animal Advocates" is protesting local zoos in Roanoke. They ultimately want to shut down Mill Mountain Zoo because they say the animals are being exploited. "I love animals I believe they should not be in the zoo they should be moved to a sanctuary because this is not a place where they can live," Cais Thomas a protestor said.The groupwas founded in early January andfeels the animals should live out their lives in a sanctuary and not ina cage. "Most...
  • Life Stream 20th Mini Health Expo

    Life Stream 20th Mini Health Expo

    Saturday, July 12 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-07-13 00:24:17 GMT
    Life stream workers held their 20th Mini Health Expo on Saturday. Dozens of people went to get a healthy mind and body by either getting a massage or getting their charka cleaned. About 50 people showed up today's event. "Its really great I think a lot of modalities are becoming more and more mainstream people are curious, people are holistic they take a holistic approach to life," Jennifer Feazelle, a Life stream volunteer said. The next expo is in October.
    Life stream workers held their 20th Mini Health Expo on Saturday. Dozens of people went to get a healthy mind and body by either getting a massage or getting their charka cleaned. About 50 people showed up today's event. "Its really great I think a lot of modalities are becoming more and more mainstream people are curious, people are holistic they take a holistic approach to life," Jennifer Feazelle, a Life stream volunteer said. The next expo is in October.
  • Officials voting to renovate facilities at Calfee Park

    Officials voting to renovate facilities at Calfee Park

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-08 21:48:58 GMT
    Officials at the Pulaski Town Meeting will vote on renovations for Calfee Park, a baseball field's facilities.
    Officials at the Pulaski Town Meeting will vote on renovations for Calfee Park, a baseball field's facilities.
  • Tattoo Owner attempts world record while trying to beat cancer

    Tattoo Owner attempts world record while trying to beat cancer

    Sunday, July 6 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-07 02:49:16 GMT
    ROANOKE--- Dozens of people crammed their way inside a Roanoke Tattoo shop to beat cancer. About 80 people went to "Chips custom Tat 2" to get small cancer ribbons tattooed on their body. The owner, Chip Thomas, says the event is to raise money for the American Cancer Society and a family friend who is battling stage 4 colon cancer. He's also trying to break the "Guinness Book World Record" by tattooing non stop for more than 48 hours non stop."It just shows how many people are actually affec...
    ROANOKE--- Dozens of people crammed their way inside a Roanoke Tattoo shop to beat cancer. About 80 people went to "Chips custom Tat 2" to get small cancer ribbons tattooed on their body. The owner, Chip Thomas, says the event is to raise money for the American Cancer Society and a family friend who is battling stage 4 colon cancer. He's also trying to break the "Guinness Book World Record" by tattooing non stop for more than 48 hours non stop."It just shows how many people are actually affec...
  • Montgomery County Department of Social Services seeing upward trend in cases

    Montgomery County Department of Social Services seeing upward trend in cases

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-07-01 21:39:22 GMT
    CHRISTIANSBURG -- The Montgomery County Department of Social Services tells WSLS in 2008 less than 26-hundred people used the "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" commonly known as food stamps and by December 20-13 there were more than 38-hundred case and that's up 34-percent from 2008."We would hope that in the upturn of the economy it would have a reverse effect which means they would have found work and don't need to assistance to buy basic things such as food," Larry Lindsey, Dire...
    CHRISTIANSBURG -- The Montgomery County Department of Social Services tells WSLS in 2008 less than 26-hundred people used the "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" commonly known as food stamps and by December 20-13 there were more than 38-hundred case and that's up 34-percent from 2008."We would hope that in the upturn of the economy it would have a reverse effect which means they would have found work and don't need to assistance to buy basic things such as food," Larry Lindsey, Dire...
  • Virginia Tech gets more parking spaces

    Virginia Tech gets more parking spaces

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-07-01 21:23:01 GMT
    CHRISTIANSBURG --- Construction crews are adding more parking spaces on virginia tech's campus.Currently there are six spots near Torgensen Hall and by the end of July, when the project is expected to be complete there will be nearly 20."It's an ongoing improvement to make this campus not only attractive and good looking but efficient and parking is something that is important to everybody especially right here in the middle of campus so by adding even a dozen parking spaces will make it more...
    CHRISTIANSBURG --- Construction crews are adding more parking spaces on virginia tech's campus.Currently there are six spots near Torgensen Hall and by the end of July, when the project is expected to be complete there will be nearly 20."It's an ongoing improvement to make this campus not only attractive and good looking but efficient and parking is something that is important to everybody especially right here in the middle of campus so by adding even a dozen parking spaces will make it more...
  • NRV workers are disappointed with Supreme Court Ruling

    NRV workers are disappointed with Supreme Court Ruling

    Monday, June 30 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-07-01 00:51:24 GMT
    All across the New River Valley businesses will have the option to provide birth control as a form of healthcare.
    All across the New River Valley businesses will have the option to provide birth control as a form of healthcare.
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