“Driftwood Tides” is latest novel from a Roanoke writer

Driftwood TidesA Roanoke writer’s fourth novel makes its official debut today. best-selling author Gina Holmes set her latest, “Driftwood Tides,” at Nags Head.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with the author:

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Click below to hear more of Gene Marrano’s conversation with author Gina Holmes:

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WW II bomber in skies over Roanoke today — and again this coming weekend

Memphis Belle

Memphis Belle

An airplane that once flew bombing missions in Europe will be in the skies over Roanoke today and again this coming weekend. The Memphis Belle is a World War II B-17 bomber, and it is conducting media preview flights today in advance of flights for the general public Saturday and Sunday. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Bedrosian: surplus county school items should not all be given to just one recipient

Al Bedrosian photo

Al Bedrosian photo

Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian thinks 20,000 pieces of surplus county school items should be distributed across the county — and not just to a single Vinton service club. The desks, chairs, filing cabinets and other items are all in storage at the former William Byrd High School. One proposal would have it all go the Vinton Lions Club, but Bedrosian disagrees.

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Bedrosian wants any interested Roanoke County organization to let him know if they’re interested in any of these surplus items. He plans to address the matter at the next Roanoke County Supervisors meeting September 9th.

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Roanoke police seek barber shop bandit

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: On August 29, 2014 at 11:46 a.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Peters Creek Road NW, the Boxley Hills Barber Shop, to investigate a robbery. The victim, the owner of the barber shop, said the suspect walked into the business, displayed a firearm, and demanded money. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the business on foot. The suspect was described as a black male in his early to mid 20s, thin build, approximately 5’9″, with short hair and facial hair only on his chin. The suspect was wearing a black tee shirt , khaki colored pants, and blue sneakers with an orange color around the soles. If you have any information that can help investigators, call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500. Tips are anonymous and awards are offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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