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Salem Fair implements new safety measures

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - The Salem Fair is back!. Crews have been hard at work adding finishing touches before gates open Wednesday, this includes some new safety measures. This all comes after police say a 16-year-old shot two people on the opening night of the fair last year. Officials say...
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I-18 accident creates major northbound backups in Salem area

UPDATE: Both lanes are again open, but traffic is moving slowly through the area, and lengthy backups are likely to continue for some time. They now extend 11 miles to the Elliston exit. PREVIOUS: An accident involving a tractor-trailer has created lengthy backups on northbound Interstate 81 in the Salem...

Bedford County Public Schools announces pay raises for all employees

BEDFORD, Va. – In a press release Wednesday, Bedford County Public schools announced a revised budget that included salary increases for all employees. The revisions will be applied to the 2022-2023 budget, according to the release. Bedford County Public Schools said that all employees will receive at least a...

City Dogs opens a swimming pool for dogs

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Forget dogs’ days of August, we’ve got them in June. Operations Manager Kevin Ketcham says dog boarding and playcare, City Dogs, started offering swimming sessions for dogs about a month ago. “A lot of places have little doggie pools and small splash areas, but...

Where were you during the 2012 Central Virginia Derecho? Looking back a decade later

(WSET) — After a decade, the Derecho of 2012 is still one of the most talked-about weather events in Central Virginia because of its widespread impacts. Ten years ago, was a noticeably hot Friday with extreme humidity. Highs that day were easily above 100 for much of the region. Roanoke saw the warmest morning low temperature ever recorded, 84. Both Danville and Roanoke tied record highs that afternoon at 104 and Lynchburg reached 103. Heat and humidity add fuel to storms; on this day there was an abundance of storm fuel.

Vinton to host Four on the Fourth

VINTON, Va. (WDBJ) - In less than a week, people will be running through the streets of Vinton for Four on the Fourth. The annual race has a new course this year. In years past, the race has taken place in downtown Roanoke but this year Vinton is hosting. Organizers,...
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Franklin County Humane Society receives $20K grant

The Franklin County Humane Society/Planned Pethood Clinic & Adoption Center received a $20,000 grant from the national nonprofit Petco Love during a celebration on Saturday at Petco on Brandon Avenue SW in Roanoke. "This grant from Petco Love will enable us to provide care for animals in need and get...

Leaders working to combat violence in Lynchburg, Roanoke, Blacksburg

(WFXR) — City and town leaders across southwest and central Virginia are working on ways to tackle violent crime in their communities. City officials and local organizations in Lynchburg are standing up to gun violence this summer with their ongoing ‘ENOUGH’ Rally, which includes a series of pop-up rallies in different neighborhoods. The goal is to offer resources like jobs and mental health services directly to the people who might need them.

DERECHO: One Decade Later

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - It has been exactly one decade since the natural disaster most simply call “The Derecho” plowed through the region on a record hot summer day. 60 to 90 mph winds left whole counties powerless and nearly everyone wondering what the heck just happened?. During...

Scammers posing as local law enforcement selling t-shirts

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — You may have received a message on your phone that reads, "The Bedford VA Police Department shirt 10$ OFF ready to order now" Authorities in the area say it's another scam alert going around. "Most scams are trying to actually target vulnerable people. In...

The Salem Museum Presents: Historic Gainsboro Talk and Tour

Two upcoming programs presented by the Salem Museum will explore the rich history of Roanoke’s Gainsboro neighborhood. On Thursday, July 14 at 7 pm, Megan Mizak will speak on the history of Roanoke’s first public library for African Americans as part of the Salem Museum Speaker Series. On Saturday, July 16 at 10 am, Jordan Bell will lead a tour through the Gainsboro neighborhood, sharing details of historic sites and structures. The tour leaves from the Gainsboro Branch Library. The fee for adults (age 15 and up) is $10. For more information, visit

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...

Prioritizing safety in Roanoke City classrooms

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — In the Star City, members of the Roanoke City School Board voted to set aside half a million dollars to prioritize safety in the classroom. Some of the options discussed during the board’s special meeting on Tuesday, June 28 included adding more school resource officers (SROs), implementing a tip line, and investing in safety infrastructure like cameras and stronger doors.