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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.
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VDOT contractor dead in I-81 hit-and-run

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) — A hit-and-run crash on I-81 in Roanoke Tuesday morning left a VDOT contractor dead. The incident, involving a tractor-trailer, left traffic backed up on I-81 at mile marker 142.6, which runs along Loch Haven Drive around 2:40 a.m. Virginia State Police say Matthew C. Frazier,...
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Sheetz drops some gas prices to below $4

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ/Sheetz Release) - The convenience store chain Sheetz is reducing the price of certain fuel... to $3.99 a gallon for Unleaded 88 and $3.49 a gallon for E85. This comes as average gasoline prices in Roanoke average $4.46 per gallon. The move is effective immediately, but is a...

The Salem Fair takes safety precautions ahead of opening day

SALEM, Va. – Ride by ride, the Salem Fair is gearing up for another year. “It’s a family reunion for us because we see the people with the food vendors, with Deggeler Attractions, with the entertainers that come back year after year,” Director of Tourism for the City of Salem, Carey Harveycutter said.

Pittsylvania Co. officials investigating shooting as homicide; 1 dead, 7 hurt

UPDATE 5:34 p.m.: Officials released new information about the deadly shooting that happened during a large party in Pittsylvania County early Sunday morning. At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, authorities were notified about a shooting at 1220 Kerns Church Road that left eight people injured, including two who were in critical condition, according […]

People in Blacksburg protest against the overturning Roe v. Wade

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Hundreds of people took to the streets of downtown Blacksburg protesting The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “I personally do not want my rights taken away. I don’t believe any woman should lose her rights because of what five people decided for them. I don’t want to lose my bodily autonomy. Women’s rights are human rights and I’m here to fight for that,” said one protestor, Maddie Price.

Man held in Max Meadows murder

On June 23, 2022, at approximately 5:00 am deputies discovered the body of Lloyd Trenton Stilwell at 190 Stone Drive in Max Meadows. Stilwell sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was found lying facedown and no firearm was found in or near the vicinity of the victim. The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Vest, Shelven Aaron

Shelven Aaron (Sonny) Vest, 89 of Floyd, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Aaron Vest and Laura Hoback Vest; wives, Norma Gene Boothe Vest and Beulah Austin Whitlock Vest. He is survived by his daughter, Annette Vest (Mike) Battle; sons,...

Here’s what’s happening for Independence Day weekend

July 2 - Fries Independence Day parade - Saturday at noon, Main Street. Freedom First Festival - Roanoke (Elmwood Park, River’s Edge Park) Craig County/New Castle - 10 a.m. Radford - Celebration in Bisset Park with Fireworks. Four on the 4th - Vinton. Wytheville July 4th Celebration. Red, White...

The son of a former Virginia Tech standout is set to make his college decision

Loren Johnson arrived at Virginia Tech in the 1995 recruiting class, one of the more important classes in school history. Johnson, along with fellow defensive back signees Keion Carpenter and Pierson Prioleau, would help establish Virginia Tech as “DBU” over the next several years. The Hokies are still putting defensive backs into the NFL.

Man taken to hospital after shooting in Southeast Roanoke

On June 26, 2022 at approximately 12:05 a.m., Roanoke Police were notified by City of Roanoke E-911 Center personnel of a person with a gunshot wound in the 100 block of Campbell Avenue SE. Responding officers located an adult male lying in a parking lot in the area with what appeared to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Roanoke Fire-EMS transported the man to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.