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Local man charged with murder in New York

The murder of a New York physician’s assistant — allegedly at the hands of a Smith Mountain Lake resident — has created headlines throughout the country, even making the pages of People magazine. Jacob Klein, 40, of Wirtz, was taken into custody in New York on April...
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Roanoke man wins jackpot of $250,555 with Easy Pick lottery ticket

SALEM, Va. – On Thursday, the Virginia Lottery announced the newest winner of a jackpot prize: Dwayne Saunders of Roanoke. Saunders bought a ticket for Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 with EZ Match game at the Food Lion on Wildwood Road in Salem, according to the Virginia Lottery. The...
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Former St. Albans hospital sold to behavioral healthcare firm; more . .

Here’s a round-up of news briefs from around Southwest and Southside. Send yours for possible inclusion to Former St. Albans hospital sold to healthcare firm. The former St. Albans Psychiatric Hospital in Radford has been sold to Pyramid Healthcare, Inc., which plans to “transition the use back to...

Roanoke man claims $250,000 lottery jackpot

NEWS RELEASE: It’s possible that Dwayne Saunders’ new favorite numbers are 4-10-17-29-30. That’s the five-number combination with which the Roanoke man won $250,555. It all happened when he bought a ticket for Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 with EZ Match game at the Food Lion on Wildwood Road in Salem. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

Celebration of Life for Earl G. Irwin

Earl G. Irwin, 89, of Radford, died Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 8, 2022 in the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin. A celebration of his life will immediately follow at Randolph Park in Dublin. Friends,...

Kitten rescued from engine compartment of SUV in Virginia

June 29 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Virginia came to the rescue of a kitten that became stuck in the engine compartment of an SUV. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department said in a Facebook post that the B-Shift crew from Tower Ladder 424 in Woodlawn was dispatched Monday when bystanders reported hearing meowing coming from under the hood of a coworker's vehicle.

Crowds show for opening day of 34th annual Salem Fair

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - The lines were out into the parking lot before the gates opened at 4 p.m. Wednesday for the kickoff of the 34th annual Salem Fair. It was easy to see the Roanoke Valley was excited for the event’s return. As people waited to head into...

Obituary for Peyton Garrett Blankenship

Peyton Garrett Blankenship, age 18, of Pulaski, was called home Friday June 24, 2022. The Good Lord and his paternal grandparents, Draper and Margaret Anderson and several other family members were there, arms wide open for him. It is undeniable that he departed this world, as devastation rang throughout the family and friends. He was born into this world, a wonderful, and perfect miracle in Pulaski on April 15, 2004, and is the son of Brandi Nicole Blankenship-Anderson and Christopher Bryan Anderson. Peyton was a recent graduate of Pulaski County High School, class 2022.

TLP Recruiting Prediction: Caleb Woodson to Virginia Tech

Three-star LB/S Caleb Woodson is set to make his commitment this evening with Virginia Tech among the contenders for the in-state standout along with Wake Forest and UVA where he also took official visits on opposite side of his June 10th weekend VT official. Tech has been considered the frontrunner...

Four VT student-athletes signed to CNIL

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - New projects are being launched with four Hokie student-athletes after their signing with Commonwealth NIL. Hunter Cattoor, Darius Maddox, Sean Pedulla and Justyn Mutts will participate in paid initiatives throughout the Virginia Tech community that include working with businesses, charities and fans. “We are proud to...

Virginia Tech football: Indiana LB Aycen Stevens is a Hokie

Virginia Tech’s big week on the recruiting trail continued Wednesday when three-star linebacker Aycen Stevens picked the Hokies. Stevens, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker, plays high school football at Decatur Central in Indianapolis. Stevens chose the Hokies over offers from Iowa State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Nebraska, Purdue, Duke, Indiana and...
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Candidates file for Boones Mill, Rocky Mount elections

A number of candidates have filed for the Boones Mill and Rocky Mount town council seats that are up for election in November. Three seats on the Rocky Mount Town Council will be up for election. Incumbents A. Ralph Casey and Bobby Moyer are running for reelection. Meanwhile, newcomers David...

It's Opening Day of the Salem Fair!

Come one, come all! The largest fair in Virginia -- not to mention the largest free gate fair in America -- has returned to Salem, bringing an estimated 350,000 guests and heightened security protocols along with it over the next two weeks.

Black College Institute aims to recruit a more diverse population to Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Students accepted into the Black College Institute program at Virginia Tech are getting their chance to explore what the university has to offer. Throughout the week, high school students from across the nation are walking around campus to talk with different departments about the opportunities they’ll have when attending Virginia Tech.

Obituary for Betty Irene Steele

Betty Irene Steele, age 76, of Pulaski, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday June 28, 2022. Betty was born in 1945 in West Virginia and grew up surrounded by a large family of 8 other siblings. She was preceded in death by her Husband, Franklin Delano Steele; Father, Claude Lesslie Martin; and sister, Vivian Green.

Caldwell, Joseph Harmon

Joseph Harmon Caldwell passed away on June 26, 2022 at Carilion Hospital of NRV in Radford. Joe was born during a terrific snowstorm in Floyd VA on March 4, 1942 to Thornton William and Senora Harmon Caldwell. With the exception of time spent in the military, Joe lived on his farm in Indian Valley, VA.
Blue Ridge Muse

Old age, old memories, and some hope

A bout with COVID-19 still lingers, in part because of my age and also because of chronic bronchitis that kicks in whenever a respiratory illness sets in. I have trouble walking, tire easily, and am behind in too many household chores, including repair of a lawnmower that locked up after using a bad batch of Ethanol-free gas from Express Mart (a problem that others report they have suffered as well). Our yard looks like a wilderness area, and I doubt we will be able to mow it until sometime in July. Maybe a farm might want to cut and bale the flowing grass.

George Ducker Scholarship Award

Ms. Parker Pattishall is the recipient of the Rev. George Ducker Scholarship Award. Parker is a first-generation college student and has overcome many obstacles and hurdles in her life. Parker will be attending George Mason University where she will be studying Criminology- Law and Society. The Rev. George Ducker Scholarship...

People in Southwest Virginia remember the derecho 10 years later

ROANOKE, Va. – It’s now been a decade after a derecho devastated homes and businesses in the Commonwealth. Many people, like Betsy Shearin, are sharing their memories of the storm. It was a normal day at the Salem Red Sox stadium. “Great game, we were playing the Potomac...