What's News Today: October 29, 2018

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


If you travel Orange Avenue in Roanoke, lane closure could impact your commute.  From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Roanoke Gas will work on underground utilities between Mecca and 24th Streets.  Expect lane closures westbound.

Community Coalitions of Virginia hosts a summit today in Roanoke.  It will talk about substance abuse prevention, education, and treatment.  Community Coalitions promotes prevention and improving quality of life.

Storm drain repairs could impact your commute in Vinton this week.  The 1,000 block of Walnut Avenue between the 8th Street rail crossing and Indian Village Lane, near the Cargill Corporation, will be closed as crew repair a storm drain line.  Work is expected to wrap up on Friday.

Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett will speak today at VMI.  He served in the Reagan administration from 1985-1988.  He is the opening keynote speaker for the school's annual Leadership and Ethics Conference.  

Liberty University will hold a special convocation today.  The seven campaigns that local to the university have been invited to address students for five minutes.  Convocation starts at 10:30 a.m. in the School of Music Concert Hall.

Part of Route 602 in Rockbridge County will be closed starting today.  Crews will work on the bridge over a tributary to Walkers Creek.  Work will last through November 9th.

Kroger stores in the mid-Atlantic region will hold a pre-Halloween party today.  Children will receive a free bag and instructions when they enter the store.  There will be activities station where they'll be given candy.  The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The New River Health District holds two free flu shot clinics today.  Those three and older can get the vaccine at the Pulaski County Health Department and Giles County Health Department from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Loose leaf collection begins in Lynchburg today.  You should rake your leaves to the curb, but keep them out of the street.  The city that sticks, rocks and pine cones be removed.  

Homecoming week kicks off today at Virginia Tech.  Events will take place throughout the week, leading up to Saturday's Boston College game.  Today, there's a campfire kickoff for students.

The Town of Blacksburg holds a community meeting today about affordable housing and green building.  The town is looking into offering incentives for building green and affordable housing.  You can give your thoughts at 6:30 p.m. at the Blacksburg Community Center.

The Salem VA Medical Center resumes its drive-thru flu shot clinic for veterans.  The clinic runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily through the end of the month.

Averett University is holding a Take Back the Night event, in an effort to end sexual assualt and domestic violence.  It's partnering with Haven of the Dan River Region, a local domestic violence shelter.  There will be a march from the Danville Courthouse to Averett's Campus starting at 6 p.m.  

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