What's News Today: July 11, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


REACH in Roanoke holds a block party tonight starting at six.  It's taking place to bring the neighborhood together at Project 709, a house the group is restoring on Stewart Avenue.  REACH goes into neighborhoods and works to transform them into thriving communities.

A ribbon cutting takes place today for the Volvo Trucks Customer Center in Dublin.  In September 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the company would build the 36,000 square foot facility, creating 32 jobs.  Construction of the facility was part of a $38 million investment.

Students looking to enroll for the fall semester can take part in the Virginia Western Express tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The event will help new and existing students enroll for classes, apply for admission and financial aid and academic advising. 

The group opposed to a proposed apartment complex at the old Shenandoah Life Building property meets tonight.  The Save the Woodlands group will talk about legal options and possible fund raising.  A concept plan filed with the Roanoke Planning Department shows construction of ten building containing 224 units.

Today is the deadline to apply to become a volunteer firefighter in Cave Spring.  The volunteer fire department is not dangerously low on staffing, but needs more people to keep up with call volume.  The department serves 45,000 homes weekdays from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and all day on weekends.

The Town of Vinton cuts the ribbon on the Glade Creek Greenway this morning at nine.  The trail runs from Virginia Avenue near the Tinker Creek Greenway to Tinker Ave.  The greenway has secured funding to expand further starting next year.

A group of kids will walk one mile to the Grandin Theatre today.  The Grandin Theatre Foundation and West End Center will hold the West End Walk.  The kids will take part in activities ranging from arts and cultural education to physical activities.

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