Kiwanis Club hosts annual Pancake and Auction Day
The Roanoke Kiwanis is excited to announce their official Kick Off for the 28th Annual Pancake & Auction Day! This annual event is the major fundraiser for the club and all proceeds raised go back into the community in the form of grants, scholarships, and service projects. Last year’s event raised $44,000 – the goal for the 2023 fundraiser is $50,000.
Radford University Carilion students studying long term impacts of COVID-19
ROANOKE, Va – Hundreds of graduates from Radford University Carilion are now on the frontlines in treating coronavirus patients. When Radford University first merged with Jefferson College, the goal was to create more opportunities for students looking to get into the medical field. When the plans for Radford University Carilion were announced about three years ago students had no idea that they would be preparing to be on the frontlines of a global pandemic. About 86% of Radford University Carilion students continue their medical careers in Virginia, according to Hemphill. Students are also looking at what happens after the pandemic, focusing on areas like expanding telemedicine or more research on respiratory issues.
We know you want to help, but Virginia National Guard cannot ‘logistically accept donations’
RONAOKE, Va. – After photos of members of the National Guard sleeping in the Capitol went viral, the community responded with the desire to send care packages. Full Screen Full Screen 1 / 4 Hundreds of National Guard troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor's Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Scott Applewhite)However, the Virginia National Guard Chief of Public Affairs Cotton Puryear said while they appreciate the donations, they “are not logistically able to accept donations of any kind.”Puryear wants to reassure the community that all 2,000 guard members are receiving proper lodging when off duty. He said when troops are lying down in the Capitol they are just sleeping in between shifts. Thirty states sent a combined total of 20,000 National Guard members to protect the government seat after the insurrection a week ago.
Virginians 65 and older, here’s how you can request a coronavirus vaccine
ORIGINAL STORYNow that Virginia has moved into Phase 1b of coronavirus vaccinations, many are wondering how they can request one. Those who are 65 years and older are now able to request the vaccine. Ralph Northam announced on Jan. 14, that Phase 1b would be increased to follow CDC guidelines. Below are links for how seniors in each health district can request the vaccine:Below is a map showing which vaccine phase each city or county is currently in. Remember, 1a does not include those 65+, while 1b does:
New technology allows local healthcare students to learn from home
ROANOKE, Va. – The pandemic has sparked the launch of a new virtual learning program for future nurses. It’s called eHospital, a health care simulation platform for ECPI University students that includes many areas you would find in a hospital-like operation, patient and emergency rooms, a medical lab and more. Now, ECPI University students in Roanoke are using eHospital to prepare for the frontlines. Think of eHospital almost like a video game for nursing and health science ECPI students. Ward said students started using the software last semester around late spring, now months later she explained she is seeing it benefit her students.
Roanoke’s delayed Ironman triathlon opens registration for 2021
ROANOKE, Va. – With the Ironman 70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge triathlon delayed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced a new date and what’s coming up for this event. The inaugural triathlon, set for June 6, 2021, will include a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. Registration re-opened Wednesday, and with so many people from this year still planning to participate next year, spots are limited. “You need to be in shape to do it all," admitted Catherine Fox, vp of public affairs for Virginia’s Blue Ridge. “Or you can be part of a relay, that’s the other part.
Farmburguesa owners talk diversity, challenges during Hispanic Heritage Month
ROANOKE, Va. – It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and one Roanoke couple is serving up tasty treats while proving that the community is stronger together. When Kat Pascal and her husband, Jimmy Delgado, opened Farmburguesa in Vinton two years ago, they wanted to bring a little taste of their Colombian heritage to the Roanoke Valley. National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. and celebrates the importance of Hispanic and Latin Americans culture. Delgado and Pascal hope to show their kids and future generations they can be proud of their heritage too. “That makes me feel really proud.”“It means a lot to us to be able to serve our community and serve the Hispanic community, in particular," said Pascal.
This Shaq isn’t dunking basketballs, but he is tons of fun
RONAOKE, Va. – This energetic 1-year-old pitbull is looking for a home. Shaq came to the RCACP as an unclaimed stray during the last week of July 2020. He will need someone who is patient and able to give him the attention that he seeks to discipline his puppy energy. Shaq is getting used to being on the leash but he is also incredibly happy to be with people and get good boy treats. Click here to learn more about Shaq.
Tornado warning expired for parts of Franklin, Henry, Patrick counties
RONAOKE, Va. – The National Weather Service has expired a tornado warning for parts of Henry, Franklin and Patrick counties. The warning was originally set to expire at 3:45 p.m. This warning effected north-central Henry County, Southwestern Franklin County and Northeastern Patrick County. At 3:17 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Endicott, 7 miles southwest of Ferrum, moving east at 10 mph.
Heavy rain destroys part of Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. – Part of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed near Roanoke after heavy rains destroyed part of the road. The parkway is now closed from Milepost 112.4 to Milepost 135.9, U.S. Route 24 to Adney Gap. Within that larger closure, a full road closure is in place from Milepost 121.4 at U.S. Route 220 to Milepost 135.9 at Adney Gap. In addition to that, there are two smaller slope failures that resulted in debris on the motor road at both Milepost 119 and 124. Geotechnical and roadway design experts will assess the roadway failures and make recommendations for repairs and restoration of access.
'It’s troubling’: Airports across central, southwest Virginia seeing airline cancellations
LYNCHBURG, Va. – For people across the nation, and here locally, traveling by plane has become synonymous with one word: canceled. It’s troubling because our passengers are our lifeline and the airline is our lifeline,” said Lynchburg airport director Andrew LaGala. “The last two and half weeks (in) March the passenger loads have significantly declined. American Airlines is the only airline for the regional airport and has been canceling its flights the night before. American cancels several flights in Lynchburg (WSLS)“American is evaluating and adjusting flights depending on the passenger loads, but they’re averaging 1 to 3 flights a day.
Get ready to rescan your TV on Sept. 11 to keep watching WSLS 10
On Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m., WSLS 10 will be changing frequencies. Around 11:30 a.m., WSLS 10 will transition to low power before changing frequencies to prepare. At 12:30 p.m. when viewers rescan their channels, this problem should no longer pose an issue. To rescan on Sept. 11 at 12:30, select "scan" or "autotune" on the TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. While originally scheduled for Sept. 6, the date has since been pushed back to Sept. 11.
Virginia basketball national champs license plates now available
RONAOKE, Va. - Some of you may hate this story, while others are certain to love it. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is now selling a limited edition license plate to celebrate the University of Virginia winning the national championship in men's basketball. You're not just showing your Cavalier spirit with this new plate, but $15 of the $25 yearly plate fee is returned to UVA for student scholarships. Don't wait too long to order, as only a limited number of the plates are being issued. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.