What's News Today: September 19, 2017

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


Three Roanoke organizations hold an event about conflict resolution.  The event, "Embracing Conflict: Finding common ground in daily life," is designed to help people gain a different perspective.  The South County Library, Talk of the Town Toastmasters and the Conflict Resolution Center are putting on the event which is aimed at reducing stress, improving relationships and building self-confidence.

A College Fair takes place this evening at the Salem Civic Center.  Representatives from two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as career, technical and business schools will be there.  Students should go online to register before attending.

Virginia Western Community College holds an open house tonight for students affected by the closure of Miller-Motte Technical College.  Virginia Western has several program that relate to programs at Miller-Motte, including certified clinical medical assistant, medication aide and billing and coding specialist.  Funding assistance is available through the Workforce Credentials Grant.

Food Lion attempts to break a world record today.  The grocer will attempt to pack the most bagged lunches in one hour today in Hot Springs.  Staff and food bank volunteers will attempt to pack more than 8,000 lunches, which will then be donated.

A street closure in Roanoke could affect your late night commute.  Crews will close King Street between Springtree Drive and Orange Avenue tonight from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Thursday as part of the King Street Improvement Project.

Vinton Town Council will get an update on the second phase of the Glade Creek Greenway.  The current trail will be extended by more than half a mile to Gus Nicks Boulevard, with a crossing under the Norfolk Southern railroad trestle.  A more than half million dollar contract was awarded last month.

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors will discuss the Summit View Business Park today.  The board could vote to award a contract to build the infrastructure needed to attract businesses, including constructing roads, adding water and sewer lines and grading pad sites.  The project is estimated to cost $10.4 million with the money coming from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, VDOT, the Virginia Brownfields Assistance Fund and the county.

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