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Power restored to most customers in Christiansburg

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: Power has been restored to most customers in Christiansburg. No cause has been determined, but AP says the outage was not weather-related. EARLIER STORY: More than 2,700 customers are without power in Christiansburg as of Thursday morning. Montgomery County Public Schools says Auburn Elementary School,...
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Roanoke mayor discusses possible criminal justice reform rollback

When Republicans took control of the Virginia House of Delegates last year, several Democrats worried the state would roll back criminal justice reforms enacted after the 2020 murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. But for some prominent Roanoke Democrats, reversing those reforms may be a welcome change. In conjunction with the Roanoke Rambler, WFIR’s Taylor Sherrill has the story:
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Empty land near Bedford Elks Home could become community-living development

BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) — A Roanoke-based developer is interested in building a new community-living complex on the land near Elk's Home on Ashland Avenue in Bedford. It would include duplex patio homes, two-story and one-story townhomes, and apartment buildings. Dale Wilkinson, co-owner of Seminole Properties, is the developer interested...

Munters opens new facility in Daleville

DALEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - More manufacturing jobs are coming to Botetourt County. Munters officially opened a brand new $36 million state-of-the-art facility Wednesday and is looking to add 160 positions. In this new facility, employees will build data center cooling equipment. “Everything’s connected to the cloud nowadays and everything we...

Virginia emergency agencies prepare for Hurricane Ian’s impact

ROANOKE, Va. – You can never be too prepared, especially when a hurricane is coming your way. Emergency Management Agencies across the state are preparing as Hurricane Ian makes its way along the east coast. Trevor Shannon, the Battalion Chief of Emergency Management for the city of Roanoke, said...

Roanoke Fire-EMS prepares for potential impacts from Hurricane Ian

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke Fire-EMS is preparing for potential local impacts from Hurricane Ian. Wednesday, crews were getting ready two rescue boats, so if we get flooding, crews can set up on the north and south sides of the city. If we see impacts from Hurricane Ian, Trevor Shannon,...

Virginia Is For Bug Lovers: VA Tech Offers Bug-centric Events Across The State This Fall

The free events for all ages will be held in Blacksburg, Henrico, Virginia Beach, Pulaski County, and Radford. When it comes to sparking an interest in science through bugs, Virginia Tech has you covered. This fall, the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Department of Entomology and Virginia Cooperative Extension are hosting five bug-centric events in five Virginia locales: Montgomery County, Henrico […]
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Neighbors oppose proposed Moneta self-storage facility

The Franklin County Board of Supervisors has tabled for now a previously fast-tracked Moneta self-storage project. Franklin County residents Mike and Jessica James are seeking to build an RV, boat and self-storage facility for residents in Smith Mountain Lake and Moneta. The proposed location is near Scruggs and Lovely Valley...

Christiansburg Food Truck Rodeo returns

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Get ready to pack an appetite, because Christiansburg’s Food Truck Rodeo is back. The event is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. It will feature dozens of food trucks across the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Plus, there will be a lineup of live entertainment, vendors, and various beer and bourbons.

Munters Grand Opens in Botetourt County

After 18 months of diligent work and construction, today, Botetourt County welcomes and celebrates Munters Global on their grand opening in Daleville! This data center cooling business grew significantly over the past few years and relocated to Botetourt County to allow for expansion. They broke ground May 20, 2021 on the $36 million state-of-the-art facility.
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Rocky Mount building debate at center of council race

ROCKY MOUNT — Over the last several months, a number of signs have appeared in the windows of 325 Franklin Street implying the town is colluding to prevent development of the building. The registered agent for the company that owns the downtown building, Phillip Bane, put the signs up....

West Virginia Pipeline bill fails to proceed in US Senate

WASHINGTON, DC (WOWK) – The U.S. Senate was set to vote Tuesday , Sept. 27, 2022, on a motion that could have spelled “the beginning of the end” for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia and Virginia. However, within an hour of when the vote was set to begin, U.S. Senator Manchin (D-WV) […]

'Record turn out': 41st annual Bedford Centerfest event was a success

BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) — There was a record turnout for the 41st annual Bedford Centerfest that happened on Saturday. There was a lot of entertainment, live music, and more. "This was Minnie’s Travel Boutique‘s second time participating in the Bedford Centerfest festival in Central Virginia. Centerfest is a wonderful event to meet local business owners and the surrounding community. We always love to meet and greet and spread magic everywhere we go and this year was a huge hit. It is such an honor to spread the magic of Disney destinations to the Central Virginia area and every year we are always surprised at how well the Central Virginia Business Coalition works so hard to organize such an amazing event. Minnie’s Travel Boutique is very excited for next year’s Centerfest and hopes that those that are reading will come out and enjoy all the festivities everything is free fancy and fun!” Kristen Breedlove Minnie’s Travel Boutique said.

Local vets, chaperones will travel to nation’s capital next weekend to see war monuments

At least 10 local military veterans and their chaperones will be among those making a bus trip to Washington, D.C. next weekend to visit the nation’s war memorials built in their honor. The group will visit a variety of sites including Arlington National Cemetery, the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the Afghanistan-Iraq Memorial, which currently is under construction.

Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Two New TRACK Trails in City of Roanoke Parks

For over a decade, the Kids in Parks program has connected kids and families to public lands nationwide through their principal initiative, TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail location is family-friendly and features a series of self-guided activities to turn visits into fun and exciting outdoor experiences. Best of all, participants can earn free prizes in the mail for tracking adventures at!