What's News Today for Friday, August 18, 2017

News and events happening today

By Jenna Zibton - Anchor

Teachers spend a lot of their own money for the classroom. Teachers can get discounts starting today at Staples. You'll get 10-percent off with your ID and a sample kit with products and coupons while supplies last.

Today is the funeral for Trooper Pilot Berke Bates at 11 a.m. at Saint Paul's Baptist Church in Richmond. A private graveside service will follow. The visitation is tonight for Lieutenant Jay Cullen from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home in Chesterfield. Donations are also being accepted through the Virginia State Police Association (VSPA) Emergency Relief Fund (ERF). Monetary donations can be made by check (made payable to VSPA-ERF with "Jay Cullen" and/or "Berke Bates" noted in the memo) or Citizens may also donate through PayPal here.  When donating through PayPal please be sure to note the donation is for "Lt. Cullen and/or Tpr. Bates" in the comment section. Checks can be mailed to the VSPA ERF at 6944 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225. All donations to the VSPA-ERF are tax deductible, and 100 percent of the donation goes to the families. For any additional questions, please contact the VSPA at 804-320-6272.

There's also a special vigil tonight at 6 at the Memorial Gardens of the New River Valley in Blacksburg. You can bring a flower to plant in the First Responders Flower Garden.

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton will present a check to the local Rocky Mount McDonald's to be used for the area's Ronald McDonald House.  About 700 families a year use the Roanoke location as a home away from home while their children are in the hospital.

Chefs from area restaurants will prepare their best cheeseburger creations in hopes of winning the title of 5th Annual Cheeseburger In Parrot-dise Cheeseburger Throwdown Champion.  Chefs from Macado's, Creole That, Village Gourmet and Holiday Inn Christiansburg have submitted their entries for this year's competition. Last year Village Gourmet took the title, and they have hopes to win again with the Jammin' Pimento Cheese Burger. The Warm Hearth Foundation hosts the event as its annual fundraiser. The goal for this year's event is $28,000, which will go toward helping seniors who rely on support for everything from toiletries to food to health care services. The event is from 6-10 p.m.

Liberty University is cutting the ribbon and opening its new indoor football practice facility at 3 p.m.  The new $29 million project provides Liberty a full-size indoor football practice field.

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