What's News Today for Tuesday, October 3, 2017

News and events happening today


ROANOKE – A portion of Route 11 (Lee Highway) through Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County is scheduled to be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Thursday.  These daytime closures are for a series of tests on the Natural Bridge geological formation. The Route 11 closure is between Route 130 (Wert Falkner Highway) and Route 760 (Golf Course Road.) Drivers can access Natural Bridge State Park or the Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center by using Interstate 81 exit 180, and then following Route 11 south for about 3.5 miles. School buses and emergency vehicles will continue to use Route 11 during this time. All other through traffic will detour onto I-81 between exits 175 and 180. All work is weather permitting.

October Is Manufacturing Month  The Salute to Manufacturing Breakfast is this morning in Lynchburg. The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance Board Chair says this is the first time the Region has recognized the contributions of manufacturing.  According to the Virginia Labor Market Information the Lynchburg Region is home to more than 288 manufacturers employing more than 14,834 employees. In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016. Former Virginia Governor George Allen is the keynote speaker.

About 300 teachers and administrators from across Virginia will attend the Virginia Military Institute's 6th Annual STEM Education Conference. The conference features 54 breakout sessions, which will include hands-on workshops.  The speakers include the Virginia Secretary of Education and former astronaut Leland Melvin.

Averett University is having a Special Olympics event, expecting up to 100 Special Olympics athletes from the Danville/South Boston/Halifax County region. Around 250 Averett University student-athletes will be helping with the event at various sports stations. This event was made possible by Averett Athletics earning a $500 grant toward a Special Olympics event after winning the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll last school year.