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What's News Today for Thursday, June 9, 2016

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(WSLS 10) -    Botetourt County Fire Chief Jeff Beckner will be laid to rest today. Roanoke and Botetourt will come together this morning for a fire truck procession down Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke and a final call to service through the disptach. The funeral starts at 11 a.m.

Roanoke City and County along with other partners are teaming up to bring more businesses to the area. The Entrepreneur Express Workshop is this morning at the South Roanoke County Library Auditorium. This year's business and management workshop will provide information on available business resources, and deliver practical ideas that can be utilized by potential entrepreneurs and current business owners. The program agenda includes guidelines for starting and operating a business, growing a business, marketing strategies, financing and is an opportunity to network with individuals from the business community.

The Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD) and its partners launched the Entrepreneur Express: Moving Your Business Forward Program on October 19, 2006 in Southwest Virginia. The program has allowed several thousand entrepreneurs through numerous workshops the opportunity to access local, regional, state and federal programs to start and grow their business enterprise. Due to the success in Southwest Virginia, the program has been expanded statewide and has reached numerous Virginians. Today, it is Virginia's signature business outreach program in each part of the state.

Community Housing Partners employees will be volunteering during National NeighborWorks Week to perform minor home repairs at a Blacksburg home owned and operated by the New River Family Shelter. The shelter is a coordinated full-service provider for non-domestic violence homeless families with children, taking households from being literally homeless in a shelter to regaining stability in permanent housing. Currently, NRFS provides emergency shelter for up to six families with children in scattered shelter sites and hotels. NRFS also provides case management services to assist families in their quest for self-sufficiency.

The historic Blacksburg home on which CHP will work dates to 1790 and currently provides shelter for up to two families at a time. Due to the age of the home and limited resources available through NRFS for maintenance and repairs, the home is in need of a number of upgrades such as interior painting, replacement of kitchen cabinets and counters, replacement of linoleum flooring, and grounds clean up and landscaping. Approximately 30 CHP and Christiansburg Home Depot employees will spend the day completing such tasks so that NRFS residents have a safer, more comfortable place to stay during their housing transition.

The Dog Days of Summer Fun Show is coming back to the Christiansburg Farmers' Market. There are some fun categories including littlest dog, I look like my owner, senior dog, best lap dog and more. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Entry fee for each class is $1, and ribbons will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.

The Botetourt County "Youth with Character Academy" wraps up today.  Twenty-four rising sixth graders from Botetourt County Public Schools were nominated by their principals and guidance counselors to attend this three day event learning about Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Trustworthiness, and Citizenship.  They were selected by their school administrators as individuals who exemplify these traits in their daily lives and this in-service training will prepare them for service to their schools and fellow students as they transition from elementary to middle school.