Staunton River HS student charged for Facebook post saying “He’s got a gun”

Joshua Amos

Joshua Amos

A Staunton River High School student faces a disorderly conduct charge for a Facebook post officials say he made as the school was sending off its football team for tomorrow’s state championship game. The Bedford County Sheriff’s office says 18-year-old Joshua Amos posted a message saying “He’s got a gun” on the school system’s Facebook page. Officials say no one had a gun at the school and no one was ever in any danger.

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Local Christmas tree growers join “Keep It Real” campaign

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(AP photo)

Many Christmas tree growers from our region are joining a new national campaign in efforts to promote the sale of real trees. They hope to make it their equivalent of well-known campaigns like “Got Milk”. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for the “It’s Christmas – Keep It Real” web site

 

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US 220 improvements in Botetourt County now on accelerated schedule; public hearing today

us-220VDOT is preparing long-sought safety improvements to a busy Botetourt County highway — and the work is now set for completion sooner than first anticipated.The two-lane stretch of US 220 between Eagle Rock and Iron Gate is narrow and winding in place for the traffic it handles. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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VDOT will conduct a design public hearing hearing today at Eagle Rock Elementary School, starting at 5:00 pm.

Click here for full information on the US 220 project.

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75 years after Pearl Harbor, local historian says it was a day that changed the U.S. and the world ever since

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(AP photo)

This is the 75th anniversary of the day that profoundly changed the United States  and the world — the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. At the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, educators say many people wondered at the time if our country had the resolve and ability to successfully meet the challenges and sacrifices needed to prevail. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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VEA president: student achievement is increasing, but state funding remains insufficient

Jim Livingston (VEA photo)

Jim Livingston (VEA photo)

The leader of the association representing Virginia public school teachers says just because student achievement is showing gains statewide, Virginians should not be satisfied with current state funding levels.  Jim Livingston is president of the Virginia Education Association, and he speaks tonight in the Roanoke area. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Area Christmas tree grower: more farmers should take advantage of new state grants

wfir-defaultThe owner of an area Christmas tree farm says a new state grant should help many farmers plan for the day when the next generation takes over, something she says is too often overlooked. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Ronald Reagan’s son tells Liberty students lessons from his father decades ago still apply

(Michael Reagan Facebook page)

(Michael Reagan Facebook page)

Former President Ronald Reagan’s adopted son tells Liberty University students that lessons his father taught him as a boy apply just as much now as they did decades ago. WFIR’s Evan Jones reports on Reagan’s Liberty appearance:

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Va Lottery: scratcher tickets are fine as presents, but giving them to the wrong person is a crime

New-VA-Lottery-LogoThe Virginia Lottery encourages the purchase of its scratcher game tickets as Christmas gifts — especially as stocking stuffers — but lottery officials say it is illegal to give them to minors.  And as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, don’t count on getting any share if you give away a big winning tickets:

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Falwell: new Liberty Athletic Director holds LU values despite scandal at Baylor

Ian McCaw (Liberty photo)

Ian McCaw (Liberty photo)

Liberty University has hired former Baylor University Athletic Director Ian McCaw to direct Liberty’s athletics program. McCaw helped lead Baylor to national prominence in several major college sports  — but he also left the university amid a scandal involving student-athletes. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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2017 race for Va governor is likely to gain national attention

wfir-defaultNext year’s race for Virginia governor may offer the Republican party its first real test in the Donald Trump presidential era that lies ahead. And it’s likely to gain national attention, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports:

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