Pulaski County wins five awards in Tourism
Pulaski County Tourism received a total of five awards at the annual Southwest Virginia Tourism Awards held in Wytheville, VA on August 22, 2022. These awards, presented by the Friends of Southwest Virginia, recognize the region’s tourism and marketing efforts.
An emotional day of racing and remembrance at Motor Mile Speedway
Motor Mile Speedway remembered Daniel Williamson and dedicated the “Ice Out Opener” at Motor Mile to his memory. Daniel’s three loved his family, hockey and racing. Daniel Williamson’s wife and sons were given the honor of shouting out those most famous words in motorsports: “drivers, start your engines.” Willamson’s sons also got to wave the green flag before the start of the races. Daniel lost his battle with Covid-19 in November of last year. He was only 35.
‘There’s no question that the vaccines are protective’: Area VDH leader urges students to get COVID-19 vaccine
Dr. Noelle Bissell of the New River Valley Health District said Monday that while we're not seeing a spike in colleges and universities, it made sense to encourage mandating the COVID-19 vaccines in high-risk populations of spreading.
Tracking a mid-week cold front that takes us from spring to winter
As the wind relaxes and sunshine goes to work, we expect seasonable afternoon temperatures Monday. High temperature forecast for Monday, 3/29/2021We’ll turn a bit warmer Tuesday afternoon before a strong cold front moves closer by Wednesday. AdAverage last freeze in southwest and central VirginiaHigh pressure takes control of our weather by Easter weekend, which implies improving weather throughout the holiday weekend. What we're tracking - Easter Sunday 2021We’ll start out cold Good Friday morning and Saturday morning as well. Planning things out for Easter weekend 2021Keep checking back for updates by downloading our app.
Increased COVID vaccine supply could be ‘game-changer’ for New River Valley
NEW RIVER VALLEY, Va. – New River Valley Health District Director Dr. Noelle Bissell said the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine could be a better fit for some people, especially vulnerable populations. Half of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines will go to pharmacies and partners for the 65+ population. The other half is for frontline essential workers in Phase 1b and those in Phase 1a, as well as high-priority individuals in Phase 1b who waited specifically for the one-dose vaccine. “We offer the Johnson & Johnson out. The NRV Public Health Task Force is planning a large vaccination event on Monday, March 8, to distribute a big chunk of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Save Blacksburg campaign aims to help small businesses in the New River Valley
BLACKSBURG, Va – Several Virginia Tech alumni and community members have come together to launch the Save Blacksburg campaign. The hope is to help the town recover from a projected $80 million shortfall after the pandemic. “Anything we can do to keep more money local is good,” Pharmacist Jeremy Counts said. Counts says he and other small business owners in Blacksburg will always do what they can to help give back to their neighbors. “The more you keep it local the better and the save Blacksburg campaign that’s exactly what it’s about it is giving people easy ways to infuse money into Blacksburg and stay here,” Counts said.
Weather turns frightful just one week before Christmas
ROANOKE, Va. – Following Tuesday’s cold front, the weather outside is a bit on the frightful side. Wind chills Wednesday morning are in the teens in the NRV and Highlands and in the 20s elsewhere. What We're Tracking - Saturday, 12/21/2019Travel delays will be possible, if you’re heading to Georgia or Florida this weekend. This will warm things up leading up to Christmas, with highs by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day flirting with 60° in parts of the area. Christmas 2019 PreviewHope Santa got your kids a bicycle and not a sled!
High temperatures nearing 100 in some parts of the area Thursday
A large, strong area of high pressure sits over the eastern U.S., subjecting us to highs in the 90s Thursday afternoon. We'll be in the low 90s in the NRV, middle 90s in the Roanoke Valley and mid-to-upper 90s in Lynchburg and Southside. Make sure that you hydrate early and often, if you have to be outside for a long period of time. The more emphatic cool-down comes Saturday, when high pressure to our northeast ushers in some fall air. Temperatures and humidity levels rise a little bit ahead of our second cold front of the week.
Heat continues; humidity drops slightly Thursday afternoon
ROANOKE, Va. - A front that passed through the area Thursday, while weak, should help to keep humidity levels in check Thursday afternoon. Even still, expect temperatures to peak around 85-91 (80s in the Mountain Empire, NRV and Highlands near 90 Roanoke, Southern Shenandoah, Lynchburg, and Southside). A few hit-or-miss showers and storms will be possible late Friday afternoon as a result of this front too. Highs in the low to mid 80s, with the humidity not playing much of a role. The heat and humidity both come back in full force in the early to middle part of next week.
WSLS 10 Shred-A-Thon sets Christiansburg record
CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS 10) - Until 2 p.m. on Monday, stop by the Schewels, at 1055 Peppers Ferry Road in Christiansburg. This is the only stop in the NRV during this Shred-A-Thon season. We had collected 105,000 pounds of material to be shredded during the event! The most collected at any previous stop in Christiansburg was 76,000 pounds. If you didn't make it out to Christiansburg, here are the other upcoming stops and dates:November 14 – Danville – Schewels 126 Sandy CourtNovember 21 – Roanoke – Schewels 3602 Ferncliff Avenue