Write-in candidates hoping for support in Roanoke tomorrow

WFIR Election 2016Besides the six candidates for Roanoke City Council and one for mayor on the printed ballot tomorrow there are two names that can be written in. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Six candidates running for three open seats in Roanoke

WFIR Election 2016Six candidates are vying for three open seats on Roanoke City Council during tomorrow’s municipal election. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

(hear about the three Democrats running below)

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(hear about the three independent candidates running below)

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Project Faith spruces up Grandin Village

project faithFor a 15th year students, staff and parents from Faith Christian School gave back to the community with a day of service. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Open Studios Tour returns this weekend

WFIR-arts-and-cultureFor the 16th year local artists will open their working studios and homes to the public this weekend. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on Open Studios of Roanoke:

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Matching grants leverage parks improvements in Roanoke County

Roanoke-CountyA matching grant program that’s been around since 1994 in Roanoke County has led to numerous improvements at local parks – with residents doing their share. WFIR’s Gene Marrano explains:

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Broadband Authority’s director explains their role

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Frank Smith-Broadband Authority

There’s been some grumbling about the new Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority – concerning the “government” getting into the high speed internet business. The Authority’s president and CEO wants to clarify their mission as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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City Market Building hires new director

ElliotBroylesPRPICThe City Market Building Foundation has hired Elliot Broyles as its first-ever executive director. Broyles was most recently the vice president for Sponsor Hounds. His duties will include managing and marketing the City Market Building in downtown Roanoke

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Local ex-offender applauds Governor’s executive action

Shawn Hunter

Shawn Hunter

Republican leaders in the General Assembly aren’t pleased with Governor McAuliffe’s executive action restoring the voting rights for ex-felons, but one local man who went through the process is. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Businesses pushed for new fiber optic broadband

WFIR---local-businessThe fiber optic network is now in place after the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority cut the ribbon yesterday. WFIR’s Gene Marrano says the business community was behind the move:

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Broadband authority open for business

broadband presserThe Roanoke Valley’s new open-access fiber-optic broadband network is officially on-line. Local government and business leaders are cut the ribbon today (see photo) at the Blue Ridge PBS studios. Kevin Boggess is chairman of the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority. Boggess is also the City Manager in Salem. During a news conference  he said private internet providers cannot match the speeds offered by the fiber-optic based broadband that many large users of data now require.

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