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Estimated $1.5 million in damage due to Vinton fire

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department has provided an update regarding the fire on Saturday morning in Vinton. The total estimated damage from all of the buildings is currently $1.5 million. Authorities are estimating damage to 101 E. Lee Avenue alone to be around $500,000. The Town of Vinton reports that no determination has been made yet in regards to what started the fire.
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Carmelo Taylor announces top five, commitment date

Three-star Roanoke (Va.) Patrick Henry wide receiver Carmelo Taylor is closing in on a commitment and has narrowed his list down to five finalists. Taylor announced Sunday afternoon that he will pick between Maryland, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and West Virginia on July 25. The Virginia native officially visited South Carolina on June 10, Virginia Tech on June 17 and Penn State on June 24.
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Roanoke celebrates Independence Day with Freedom First Festival

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A festival to celebrate Independence Day took place for the first time at Elmwood Park in Roanoke. The Freedom First Festival at Elmwood Park started off at 11 a.m. Sunday with live music from local bands. There was also an area for kids to explore. “We’re...

Virginia Tech welcomes the Class of 2026 | News

In just some weeks, a brand new class of freshmen will make the transfer to Blacksburg. The admissions group noticed the biggest applicant pool up to now in the course of the 2021 to 2022 admissions cycle with a record number of 45,214 students competing for a spot within the Class of 2026. Additionally, in line with director of undergraduate admissions Juan Espinoza, the typical highschool GPA of a pupil who’s coming into Virginia Tech this fall is a 4.19, reflecting a 0.09 enhance from final 12 months’s freshman class.

Starbucks is open in Martinsville

The new Starbucks in Martinsville on Commonwealth Boulevard has apparently opened although there has not been an official announcement from the company. At the same time, in nearby Roanoke, some Starbucks employees there are unionizing, joining a movement from other stores across the country. 14 workers at the Bridges Starbucks in Roanoke voted unanimously to form a union through Workers United according to WSET-TV. These workers are the first store to form a union in Roanoke and Southwest Virginia. Union members are pushing for guaranteed hours and guaranteed sick leave.

Tralon Mitchell commits to Virginia Tech

Following an official visit to Virginia Tech last weekend, Tralon Mitchell knew he would be back on campus again ...many times. The Bailey (N.C.) Southern Nash athlete, who was recruited by the Hokies to play running back, committed to Virginia Tech. He announced his decision Saturday. "I decided to commit...

NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook for Sunday July 3, 2022

NCZ001-002-018-VAZ007-009>020-022>024-032>035-043>047-058-059- Ashe-Alleghany NC-Watauga-Tazewell-Smyth-Bland-Giles-Wythe-Pulaski- Montgomery-Grayson-Carroll-Floyd-Craig-Alleghany VA-Bath-Roanoke- Botetourt-Rockbridge-Patrick-Franklin-Bedford-Amherst-Henry- Pittsylvania-Campbell-Appomattox-Buckingham-Halifax-Charlotte-Mercer- Summers-Monroe-Eastern Greenbrier-Western Greenbrier- 515 AM EDT Sun Jul 3 2022. This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for northwest North Carolina,. central Virginia, south central Virginia, southwest Virginia, west. central Virginia and southeast West Virginia. .DAY ONE…Today and tonight. Although isolated to scattered thunderstorms...

2023 4-Star WR Carmelo Taylor Names West Virginia to Top 5

While the month of July will be slower for West Virginia and college football as a whole after the Fourth of July weekend, the end of July features a few recruits announcing their commitments. One of those is three-star cornerback Tayvon Nelson (Brooklyn, New York) and the other is four-star...

2023 Three-star Wide Receiver Will Commit on July 25; Penn State is in his Top Five

Carmello D. Taylor, a Class of 2023 three-star athlete out of Roanoke, Virginia, has narrowed his school of choice down to five, and Penn State made the list. Penn State is in the hunt along with Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Taylor was one of the standout performers at Penn State’s 7-on-7 camp on his official visit on June 24.

Vinton community reacts to devastating fire

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A fire overnight in downtown Vinton has brought business owners and residents to tears. The Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department responded to reports of a fire at approximately 1:54 a.m. Upon arrival, first responders found the business DR Music in flames. Besides DR Music, firefighters say three other buildings suffered some sort of damage. One of those buildings, Edward Jones Investments, was what fire officials say, a total loss.

Bramlett, Billy Junior

Billy J. Bramlett was a caring husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He left this world suddenly on June 27, 2022 at age 75. He is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Janet Ponton Bramlett, and his three children Carla Hale (Husband Joe Hale) of Blacksburg, Todd Bramlett of Christiansburg, and Kimberly Bramlett of Christiansburg. He was very loved by his grandson, Justin Hale, and as a passionate animal lover, Billy also considered his animals Lexie, Blossom, and Fluffy as part of his family, who remained by his side.

Boswell, Deanna Nichols

Deanna Nichols Boswell, 78 of Floyd, was born unto eternal life on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Deanna was born on January 21, 1943, in Washington D.C. and resided in Brookville, Maryland during her adolescence and teen years. She attended high school at the Academy of The Holy Cross and graduated from Dunbarton College with a bachelor’s degree in 1965.

Ellett II, Guy French

Guy French Ellett II, 85, of Riner, passed away on June 29, 2022. He was a veteran of 5 branches of the military and retired as Sergeant First Class from the US Army. Guy was preceded in death by his parents, Robert T. Ellett and Minnie Henderson Ellett; and his grandson, Matthew Thaddeus Ellett. He is survived by his loving wife, Juanita Ellett; son, Kevin Ellett (Anne); daughter, Colleen Farmer (Kyle); grandson, Robert ‘Travis’ Ellett; step-son, Keith Spence (Helen); step-grandsons, Michael and David Spence and Christian (Gus) Farmer; great-grandson Dalton Ellett; sister-in-law, Gerlene Conner (Macle); and brother-in-law, Alvin Hale.

Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue continues to serve the community

(WDBJ) - Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue has been serving the community since 1975. They are a group of around 30 volunteers who stand by, ready to help in case of an emergency. A common theme for the volunteers is wanting to make the Smith Mountain community a better place. For Chief Todd Ohlerich, volunteering makes him feel closer to his family.

Roofs collapse on multiple buildings, residents displaced after fire breaks out in Vinton

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded to a multiple building structure fire overnight on Saturday authorities say. On Saturday, July 2, at approximately 1:54 a.m., first responders from Roanoke County Fire and Rescue received a call about multiple buildings on fire at the intersection of E. Lee Avenue and S. Pollard in the Town of Vinton. The first fire truck from Vinton arrived on the scene within four minutes of the call. Roanoke Fire-EMS also assisted on the scene.

Roanoke can turn to LGBTQ community center for queer literature

ROANOKE, Va. – LGBTQ books tend to make it on book ban lists. But a library in Roanoke is protecting LGBTQ content to give people a chance to connect to literature. The Roanoke Diversity Center offers more than 3,000 books featuring LGBTQ challenges and characters. Library Manager Samantha Rosenthal...

Five 2023 Virginia Tech Offensive Targets Set Their Decision Dates

Virginia Tech has been on a roll on the recruiting trail with 5 commitments over the past 5 days while also being heavily favored to land another one tomorrow from three-star ATH Thomas Williams on the Fourth of July. However, Tech's hot recruiting run has potential to grow a lot...