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UPDATE: Flood warning as Cave Spring flooding is reported

UPDATE: Flood warning as Cave Spring flooding is reported

UPDATE from the National Weather Service:  Flood Warning for Roanoke County, the City of Salem, the City of Roanoke, west central Bedford County, southern Botetourt County and northwestern Franklin County until 1130 PM EDT. At 825 PM EDT, Roanoke County emergency management reported flooding in the Cave Spring area. Flooding was also reported in the… ... Continue Reading
4-touchdown underdog ODU stuns 13th-ranked VT

4-touchdown underdog ODU stuns 13th-ranked VT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Blake LaRussa came off the bench to throw for 495 yards and four touchdowns to lead Old Dominion to a 49-35 upset of No. 13 Virginia Tech on Saturday in the Hokies’ first game at the cross-state school that restarted its football program in 2009. Virginia Tech was a 28.5-point favorite… ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Roanoke Co. home a total loss in overnight fire

UPDATE: Roanoke Co. home a total loss in overnight fire

Updated news release: The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled that the structure fire on Crescent Boulevard is a total loss, however the cause and exact damage amount is still undetermined at this time. Previous: (Roanoke County, VA—September 22, 2018) Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at about 2:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 22,… ... Continue Reading
Flash flood watch for much of region

Flash flood watch for much of region

Very heavy rain possible this afternoon and evening. Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will develop this afternoon ahead of a cold front. FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of central Virginia, south central Virginia, southwest Virginia, and west central Virginia, including the following areas,… ... Continue Reading
Governor: Virginia could lead nation on offshore wind power

Governor: Virginia could lead nation on offshore wind power

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says his state is well positioned to lead the development of the nation’s offshore wind industry. The Democrat spoke Friday in Norfolk at a conference sponsored by industry members and Virginia’s Sierra Club chapter. Dominion Energy and the Danish firm Orsted already plan to install two turbines 27 miles… ... Continue Reading
State Police seek driver of abandoned vehicle, 5 children

State Police seek driver of abandoned vehicle, 5 children

From Virginia State Police: At 6:09 p.m.Friday (Sept 21), Virginia State Police stopped out with an abandoned, disabled vehicle on the northbound shoulder of Interstate 81 at the 133 mile marker in Roanoke County. The 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan is registered to Priscilla Sosebee, 31, who is wanted out of York County, S.C. She is believed… ... Continue Reading
Food Truck Fest underway in Vinton

Food Truck Fest underway in Vinton

Music, lots of food and drinks and fun for kids are all part of the Food Truck Fest at the Vinton’s Farmers Market today, one that got going at 5:00 pm. The event benefits Feeding America South West Virginia. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story: 9-6 Food Truck Fest Wrap #1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Coming soon to Explore Park: cabin, yurt, RV camping

Coming soon to Explore Park: cabin, yurt, RV camping

Cabin, Yurt and RV camping is coming to Explore Park in November. Roanoke County tourism officials say reservations are now being taken for the overnight lodging. It is another step in county plans to develop the park into a tourism and outdoor recreation destination. Click here for full information. News release: Roanoke County is pleased… ... Continue Reading
UPDATE: Jurors recommend 40 years for Natalie Keepers

UPDATE: Jurors recommend 40 years for Natalie Keepers

FRIDAY: Jurors in the Natalie Keepers trial are recommending she serve 40 years in prison. It comes after Keepers took the stand herself at today’s sentencing hearing and apologized to the family of Nicole Lovell. The jurors found her guilty yesterday of accessory to murder before the fact in the death of the 13-year-old Blacksburg… ... Continue Reading
Virginia State Police spent $3M on deadly rally anniversary

Virginia State Police spent $3M on deadly rally anniversary

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – The Virginia State Police says it spent more than $3 million to provide security for the one-year anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The Daily Progress cites police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, who said Thursday that the $3.1 million included police operations on Aug. 11 and 12, as well… ... Continue Reading
Man shot at Roanoke sports bar

Man shot at Roanoke sports bar

Police say a man is in hospitalized in stable condition after an early-morning shooting in the Norwich neighborhood of southwest Roanoke. Police say it happened on the 700-block of Bridge Street, and while they do not name the business, multiple reports indicate it happened at the First Down Sports Lounge. So far, no arrests are… ... Continue Reading
STUDY: Hike expected in Virginia’s 85+ population

STUDY: Hike expected in Virginia’s 85+ population

A national report from AARP predicts major increases in the future population of older people – which increases the overall need for care – but many states, including Virginia, have assisted-living facilities that are out of reach of most seniors’ budgets. WFIR’s Ian Price has more: 09-21 Older Population WRAP ... Continue Reading
Four days after the flood, part of Roanoke River Greenway remains closed

Four days after the flood, part of Roanoke River Greenway remains closed

Part of the Roanoke River Greenway remains closed, four days after the river reached its high point. Crews are still removing trees, large debris and mud from the low-water bridges between Wasena Park and Franklin Road. But most of the greenway is open again in Roanoke, as are all its sections in Salem.WFIR’s Evan Jones… ... Continue Reading
Lancerlot’s revival opens with VT hockey game Saturday

Lancerlot’s revival opens with VT hockey game Saturday

Ice Hockey is making a resurgence in the Roanoke Valley. Saturday Virginia Tech open its home season at the on the new ice at the Lancerlot in Vinton. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more. 09-21 hockey wrap 1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Greek Festival returns Friday

Greek Festival returns Friday

One of the most popular events returns to the area this weekend. The 3-day event begins Friday and runs though Sunday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Roanoke. More on this story from WFIR’s Bob Clark. 9=19 Greek festival Wrap #1-WEB ... Continue Reading
Vinton Police seek missing, “endangered” man

Vinton Police seek missing, “endangered” man

Vinton Police are asking for help to locate a man last seen eight days ago. Police say 34-year-old Dwayne Rhoades has indicated to others he may be in a state of emotional distress, and he is considered to be an endangered person. From Vinton Police: The Vinton Police Department is seeking information regarding the whereabouts… ... Continue Reading
Poll results highlighted ahead of tonight’s Senate town hall

Poll results highlighted ahead of tonight’s Senate town hall

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart is praising some polls for projecting him a lot closer to Incumbent Tim Kaine than most other polls. But our political analyst says take that with a grain of salt, as WFIR’s Ian Price reports: 09-20 GOP Poll WRAP ... Continue Reading
Wanted: Volunteers for Vinton Fall Festival

Wanted: Volunteers for Vinton Fall Festival

The town of Vinton is  planning for its annual Fall Festival is in full swing. It’s an event that people all around the Roanoke Valley look forward to each year, and because of its size, lots of volunteers at are need to help make the festival a success. More on this story from WFIR’s Bob… ... Continue Reading
New bids for Cave Spring High School; expansion and renovations now expected

New bids for Cave Spring High School; expansion and renovations now expected

Roanoke County school officials believe they can now move ahead with expansion and renovations at Cave Spring High School. Three bids were opened today, all of them much closer to the originally budgeted cost than the single bid opened in June that was $17 million over budget. School Board members hope to award the contract… ... Continue Reading
Noisy feud: Wedding venue vs. horse center across the road

Noisy feud: Wedding venue vs. horse center across the road

A Roanoke County wedding venue claims an equestrian center across the road is deliberately disturbing many of its weddings. But the horse center says it and other neighbors are the ones victimized by loud noise. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story: 09-20 Noise Feud Wrap2-WEB Here are two videos posted by Kidd Carter of Blue… ... Continue Reading