What's News Today: February 12, 2019

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


Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.

Lane closures could impact your commute in downtown Lynchburg today.  Water Resources crews will close one lane at the intersections of Main and Seventh Streets and Main and Eight Streets today.  Crews will repair water valve boxes.  

The Wythe County Board of Supervisors holds a public hearing on the county's noise ordinance.  The proposed ordinance prohibits noises that are heard 50 feet from a home or car.  It also includes provisions for animals and lawn care and fines.

Staff from Congressman Ben Cline's and Congressman Morgan Griffith's office will hold mobile office hours today.  A member of his Cline's staff will be at the Botetourt County Courthouse today at 9 a.m. and Buchanan Town Hall at 10:30 a.m.  to help people with problems they have with a federal agency.  Representatives from Griffith's office will be at the Hollins Public Library from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Craig County Administration Building from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Clifton Forge Library from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Martinsville City Council is expected to talk about EMS service in the city.  As we've reported, a local ambulance service that provided backup coverage closed last year.  The city's fire department ran a third vehicle as a back-up.  Council will get an update on how much it will cost to continue running the third ambulance on a part-time basis.

Virginia Tech will test its VT Alerts system today.  The alerts are sent out through outdoor sirens, fire alarm annunciators, electronic message boards, emails and the university's website.  If you're signed up for alerts, you will receive phone calls and test massages as well.  The test will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The African-American Film Festival continues today at the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke.  On Tuesday this month, the theatre will show movies featuring African-American actors, directors, stories and themes.  The films begins at 7:15 p.m.  Admission is free.

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