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What's News Today: August 22, 2016

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(WSLS 10) - Route 644 in Rockbridge County will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Route 251 and Route 659. Crews will work on the bridge. Work will take place Monday through Thursday through September 8th.

Today is Virginia Western Community College Day in the City of Roanoke. Mayor Sherman Lea issued the proclamation in honor of the college's 50th anniversary. The college was founded in 1966 by Governor Mills Godwin when The Roanoke Extension Division of the University of Virginia and Roanoke Technical Institute, an extension of Virginia Tech merged. Enrollment has grown from 1,300 students to 12,000.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia launches a new mentoring program today. The program will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It will allow children facing adversity to have exposure to careers in STEM fields. The program is being run with Montgomery County Schools and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

A Bedford County man is in court today for a preliminary hearing. Christopher Lantrip faces a malicious wounding charge. The Bedford Police Department says he was involved in a fight on Mill Street in May. During the fight, Lantrip produced a knife and stabbed the victim several times.

Salem City Schools and City Council will hold a work session today to talk about school construction needs at Salem High School. According to a Salem spokesperson, The current school is 39 years old and its HVAC, lighting and other mechanical systems are beyond their expected service period. Many classrooms are currently undersized. Discussion about construction are in the early stage and a budget and time frame have not yet been set for construction.