What's News Today: Thursday, July 16

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(WSLS 10) - If you're going to travel on Interstate-81 Thursday night there are a couple of exit ramp closures you'll want to keep in mind. The southbound ramp at exit 150A and both north and southbound ramps at exit 150B will be closed for a couple of hours sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. Friday morning. This is so crews can lay fiber optic cables ahead of construction to improve traffic flow. You can take exits 146 or 156 onto Route 11 as a detour.

Storm drain repair could affect your commute Thursday and Friday in Danville. The right northbound lane of Arnett Boulevard will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You are asked to slow down or find a different way to go.

The Bedford County Board of Supervisors meets in closed session Thursday starting at 5 p.m. Supervisors will review applications for the County Administrator position. Mark Reeter stepped down from that job on April 30, 2015.

Convicted sex offender Benjamin Shook will be in federal court Thursday in Greeneville, Tennessee. Earlier this month, police captured Shook with 14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson in Smyth County. Police in three states searched for the two. They were found after two weeks on the run. Shook is charged with failing to register as a sex offender.

Editorial cartoonist Bob Gorrell talks about his career designing paper bullets or posters, leaflets and brochures that are used to influence public opinion. He worked at newspapers throughout the southeast for over 25 years before working full time on syndicated editorials. The event takes place at 5:30 at the Marshall Foundation on the VMI Parade Ground.

Wythe County Parks and Recreation places a high priority on athlete safety. For the second year, the County Parks and Recreation Department teams up with Heartland Rehabilitation Services to offer concussion training workshops. These sessions are mandatory for anyone serving as a coach or referee for football and cheer leading. Coaches will also train players how to properly tackle to reduce the risk of head injuries. There are two sessions. One is Thursday at 7 p.m., the other on July 28th. Both take place at Wytheville Community College.