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What's News Today for Tuesday, June 13, 2016

What's News Today
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(WSLS 10) -    The Metropolitan Community Church is holding a vigil tonight to remember the Orlando shooting victims. The interfaith service starts 6 p.m.

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors is meeting tonight. Supervisor Al Bedrosian is concerned about one item on the agenda... raises. He says he has  voted against this each year.  Bedrosian says when raises were passed in 2014, he wrote a check back to Roanoke County with the amount of the raise.  In 2015, the Board did not vote itself a raise because of pressure from the citizens.  He wants to see the issue voted on during the November election.... Because the people should vote if they deserve a raise or not.

Renovations are coming to Cave Spring High School. The Roanoke County School board will talk about the changes tonight. Spectrum Design is working on a concept study to come up with two alternate project designs and costs.  Then the School Board will direct the Architect to proceed with one of the project designs.  The Architect will then complete the programming, Schematic Design Phase, and construction cost estimate.  We anticipate this portion of their work will be $300,000.

Lynchburg drivers should be aware of a traffic alert. There will be road closures on Kemper Street beginning at the intersection of Kemper and Campbell Avenue and ending at the on-ramp to Route 29 North. The closures start today and run thought Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily.  All traffic will be detoured onto Campbell Avenue and motorists should follow the posted detour route. Crews are installing new street lights on the Kemper Street project.  You should expect delays and if possible use an alternate route.

If you live in the Martinsville area and need a job there is a Community Wide Job Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. At the Martinsville Speedway. Come prepared for onsite interviews, provide current resumes and dress to impress. You can pre-register online at www.martinsville.com

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a lifesaving blood transfusion. Today is World Blood Donor Day. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the summer months due to summer vacation travel. June in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations and can result in increased need and decreased donations. Statistics show that 1 in every 7 people entering the hospital needs blood, with more than 40,000 pints being transfused every day. And while the whole blood donation process takes about 45 minutes, less than 10 percent of the population eligible to donate blood does so annually. Virginia Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization that provides blood products and transfusion-related services in Richmond, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Winchester, Washington DC and West Virginia, will host several drives across the region and welcomes your reporter and/or camera for reports that day/evening.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 14

WHERE: Graham-White Manufacturing

1242 South Colorado St., Salem

12:30-5:00 p.m.

In commemoration of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary, Vietnam Era Veterans will receive two complimentary reserved seat tickets and $5 worth of "Sox Bucks" for concessions. Tickets and Sox Bucks will be available at the gate that evening. Gates open at 6:00 pm and additional tickets, if needed, can be purchased at the gate.  A special salute to Vietnam Era Veterans will be held at 6:30pm on the field. During the pre-game ceremony, all Vietnam Era Veterans will be invited to take the field. The 50th Anniversary lapel pins will be presented to those who have not previously received pins. Those who have already received lapel pins are requested to wear them. Music will be provided by Brass Ensemble, 29th Division Band. For more information regarding the event, please contact Wendi Schultz at 540.777.6326 or email at wschultz@roanokecountyva.gov.

The Knights of Columbus Assembly 1167 will be hosting a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Council Home, 3136 Harris Street in Roanoke. If you have an old, heavily worn or damaged flag and would like to have it proper retired.

Please drop off flags for retirement to either the Council Home or the Catholic Historical Museum, 501A Marshall Ave or West Salem Collision Center 327 S College Ave, Salem . A cookout dinner will be available for purchase at Olympic Park Pool beginning at 5 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 7 pm. An ice cream reception will be held following the ceremony. The Ceremony is open to the public and all interested parties are invited.