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Man fatally shot by troopers in Amherst County

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — A man is dead following a pursuit with troopers down the Blue Ridge Parkway Wednesday. The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is investigating the fatal shooting involving Virginia State Police personnel that occurred Wednesday evening in Amherst County. The incident...
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Natural Bridge, VAWSET

New owners: The future of Natural Bridge

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — The Trust for Public Land, a conservation nonprofit, will be taking ownership of Natural Bridge State Park, according to the Virginia Resources Authority. The board approved a loan restructuring at their June 15 meeting, which will transfer temporary ownership of the park to the Trust...
Botetourt County,

Botetourt County church grows Garden of Grace

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A church in Botetourt County is growing a community and fighting hunger through its Garden of Grace. “Before long, it will be every other day you’ll be getting the stuff out,” Pastor Chuck Miller said. As Miller walks through the rows of produce behind Wheatland...
Bedford County, VAWSET

Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office looking for suspect in break-ins

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — Food truck businesses in Forest are still stunned after being vandalized, ransacked and looted early Tuesday morning. The businesses operate at The BackYard, law enforcement tells us they are suspect involved is responsible for break in’s, larceny and property damage. Papa O's had their window...

Mast General Store celebrates one year in downtown Roanoke

Its opening was delayed by a few months in 2020, but then Mast General Store on South Jefferson Street opened and soldiered on through the pandemic. At a celebration of its one year anniversary in Roanoke this morning, Vice-Mayor Trish White-Boyd said she is bullish about the future. Company president Lisa Cooper also spoke at the first-year anniversary event. White-Boyd commended the North Carolina-based retailer for donating a portion of its sales to non-profits in the Roanoke Valley.
Botetourt County, VAWSLS

Paving in Botetourt County on I-81 South closes exit

BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – Overnight paving that was extended into Thursday morning due to equipment failure has closed a portion of I-81 South and an exit, according to VDOT. Exit 168 onto I-81 South is closed, and I-81 South between 169.5 and 168 will be closed until 9 a.m. Buchanan...
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With recent activity in the region, here are some safety tips for bear encounters in the woods.

The National Park Service has issued a warning about increased bear activity in many of the Blue Ridge region’s forests. Recent reports have come in from North Carolina’s Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, and over Memorial Day weekend a ranger in Great Smoky Mountains National Park discovered video of a park visitor feeding peanut butter to a bear. The bear was tranquilized and released in the same general area around Cades Cove. While dangerous for humans, feeding bears also puts the animals in danger of becoming food conditioned, which ultimately leads to more interactions with humans and bruins being euthanized.
Bedford County,

Suspect breaks into Bedford County food trucks, takes off on scooter

NEWS RELEASE: The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in identifying a suspect involved in the break-ins, larceny and property damage of several food trucks at the Backyard located on Rt.221 at Burn Bridge Road. The incident took place at approximately 4:30AM on 6/15/21. At the time of the incident the suspect was wearing black Nike flip flops, long sleeve shirt, long pants, gloves and a dirt bike style helmet. The suspect arrived and left the location driving a motor scooter.

Dancers wow crowd with annual recital

CLIFTON FORGE — Patsy’s Dance Studio held its 37th annual recital at the Historic Masonic Theater on Saturday, June 12. Patsy’s Dance Studio is located in Covington, and offers ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, flag instruction, pre-pointe, and pointe class for students 18 months and up. The theme of this year’s...
Roanoke, VAWSLS

How to avoid scams while shopping during Amazon Prime Day

ROANOKE, Va. – With Amazon Prime Day just around the corner, the Better Business Bureau is warning shoppers about common scams they may run into. From June 21-22, folks with an Amazon Prime subscription will have exclusive access to a plethora of great deals on high-ticketed items, but this also might mean bad news for those susceptible to online scams.
Roanoke, VAWSLS

Graffiti along the Appalachian Trail deemed a massive problem

ROANOKE, Va. – Step by step, Massachusetts native Paul Erhard is making the nearly 2,200-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail. “One foot in front of the other,” said Erhard, who passed through Roanoke on Wednesday. “I started down in Springer Mountain and just basically walking home.”. But along the way,...