Roanoke, VARoanoke Times

Business Intel: Party City plans Roanoke store

Party City is preparing to open a Roanoke location. Permits filed with the city indicate Party City plans to open a store at 1410 Towne Square Blvd. N.W. beside a Ross Dress for Less. Party City, which sells party goods, costumes and decor, had 751 corporate stores as of March...
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Bedford County, VAWSET

Bedford County Schools change schedule due to driver shortage

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — Bedford County is adjusting its school schedule due to a bus driver shortage. Chief Operations Officer, Mac Duis, says they're entering the school year 23 drivers short. He says they've held campaigns, job fairs, put up signs, and they're even offering bonuses to get more drivers.
Montgomery County,

Montgomery County in need of more foster families

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va (WFXR)– The Montgomery County Department of Social Services is making a call. They are asking community members to help the overwhelmed system. In Virginia, 5,400 children are in the foster care system. More than 700 of those kids are ready for adoption, but the system does not have enough placement options.

Virginia’s first gun buyback event in Roanoke next month

A month out from Virginia’s first gun buyback event in Roanoke, everyone from local non-profit leaders and lawmakers to concerned citizens is trying to get the word out. WFIR’s Ian Price has more:. Catherine Koebel Stromberg wrote the grant securing money for the gun buyback event. She says the goal...

Groceries Not Guns event in Roanoke set for August 21st

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — ‘Groceries Not Guns’ is Roanoke’s latest effort to get guns off the streets of the Star City. People can attend the event and exchange firearms for grocery gift cards. The Roanoke City Police and the NAACP are working together in hopes of reducing gun violence in...

State considers passenger rail between Roanoke and Richmond/Hampton Roads

State transportation officials are considering a new passenger rail route that would link Roanoke and the New River Valley with Richmond and Hampton Roads. This is separate and apart from plans to expand Roanoke Amtrak service to two round-trip trains a day, trains connecting the region with Washington and the Northeast Corridor. For starters, the Department of Rail and Transportation has set up an on-line survey. Click here to answer the survey.

Roanoke leaders announce gun buyback program

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke City leaders are encouraging people to trade in their guns for grocery gift cards. In the Gainsboro neighborhood Friday morning, leaders from the local NAACP, the police department and city council joined to spread the word. The “Groceries Not Guns” event will be August 21...
Roanoke, VAWSLS

Roanoke gun buyback event to be held in August

ROANOKE, Va. – In an effort to get guns off the street, an event will be held where Roanoke residents can exchange guns for grocery gift cards next month. ‘Groceries Not Guns’ is set for August 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will take place at 401 Gainsboro Rd NW.

Roanoke financial aid options speak up

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — With the statewide moratorium ending July 31st, many may be looking for assistance. Luckily, there are financial assistance opportunities waiting. More than 100 people with Housing Choice Vouchers are still waiting to be housed, despite City of Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority officials working around the clock to find new opportunities for housing and an increase in willing landlords.

Newest Vinton Business Window Decal complete

Sun Solutions has completed the installation of an eye-catching vinyl window decal at 121 West Lee Avenue in downtown Vinton—part of Vinton’s new Business Window Decal Program. Jeff Belcher, owner of Sun Solutions on Walnut Avenue, has partnered with the Town of Vinton to create and install unique custom window...
Bath County,

Bath County Art Show winner from Roanoke

BATH COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Out of over 600 works by more than 200 artists, they were able to pick a Best in Show: a watercolor by Roanoke’s own Rebecca Bradbury. It’s one of two works she entered, but it’s the 28-year-old’s first entry in the show ever. The art...

Groups prepare for gun buyback event in August

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Community leaders in Roanoke say they hope to make history - and make a difference - with a gun buyback program next month. Representatives of the NAACP, city government and other partners gathered outside the Lawson Building in Gainsboro Friday morning. They plan to hold the ‘Groceries Not Guns’ event there on August 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.