Category Archives: Local News

New Super at Regional Jail

(Roanoke County release) New Western Virginia Regional Jail Superintendent Appointed June 11, 2021 – The Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority today announced the appointment of David Cox as Superintendent of the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ). Cox assumes his new position immediately. “David is well known and well respected in law enforcement circles throughout southwest…Continue Reading

Congressman Cline on infrastructure bill, next fiscal year federal budget

The US Senate has hammered out a tentative bipartisan agreement on a scaled-down infrastructure bill, although the finer points are still being negotiated. But will it pass muster in the House? 6th District Republican Congressman Ben Cline was live in studio this morning. The compromise is about half the size of the original infrastructure package. 6-11…Continue Reading

Ferrum has new wrestling coach; Auburn wins another tennis title

Ferrum College has promoted one of their own to the position of head wrestling coach: and in the New River Valley Auburn High School has claimed its third straight Class 1 girls state tennis championships. WPLY-MIN The post Ferrum has new wrestling coach; Auburn wins another tennis title first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3…Continue Reading

China “the most important challenge” says Senator Tim Kaine

Calling China the most important challenge facing the US internationally right now, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine has partnered with a Republican colleague on a bill amendment calling for a boycott of the 20-22 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. The story from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: 6-11 Kaine Presser Wrap#2 The post China “the most important challenge”…Continue Reading

Virginia’s state of emergency will formally end June 30

(from Richmond Times-Dispatch) Virginia’s state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will formally end June 30, Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration announced Thursday. The end of the state of emergency means that a law banning face coverings in public will go back to being in effect, though the administration and law enforcement officials…Continue Reading

Charlie® the Tuna relocating from Pittsburgh to Virginia

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that StarKist Co., a leading seafood and chicken producer in the United States, will invest $3.6 million to relocate its corporate and administrative headquarters operations from Pittsburgh to Fairfax County. The company will occupy approximately 24,000 square feet at 1875 Explorer Street in Reston. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for…Continue Reading

River Fest 2021 is coming back!

June 19th is the day to mark on your calendar for this years River Fest with an old favorite that used to be part of Festival in the Park from years back. Clean Valley Council is bringing back the event  to Smith Park that includes additional items as well as some old favorites… WFIR’s Rob…Continue Reading

Blue Ridge PBS introduces the ECHO channel-streaming service

Its a streaming service first and a broadcast television channel second – that’s how Blue Ridge PBS is describing the new “ECHO” channel that debuted today. It harkens back to the Roanoke-based station’s roots as an education resource. Virginia First Lady Pam Northam was on hand to celebrate the launch of ECHO – as in…Continue Reading

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