Webb announces exploratory campaign for President

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb

Former Virginia
U.S. Sen. Jim Webb

Jim Webb … for president? The former one-term U.S. Senator announced on-line today that he is launching an exploratory committee. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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CoLab on Kirk set to open today

WFIR---local-businessThe Kirk Avenue Music Hall is no more … in its place “CoLab on Kirk” opens today. The Kirk Colab, which is set up like a lounge with chairs and tables, is only open to members of the Grandin CoLab. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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New Roanoke County administrator talks about taking the job

Thomas Gates- Roanoke CountyThomas Gates – call him Tom – takes over as Roanoke County administrator at the end of December. He has been Deputy City Manager in Alexandria. Gates is a former journalism student at Maryland who turned to government and politics as a major.  He was announced as the choice for County Administrator yesterday – after the Board voted to hire him on Tuesday … and he spent a few minutes on the phone with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Roanoke County names new Administrator

Thomas Gates- Roanoke County

Thomas Gates- Roanoke County

Thomas C. Gates, a deputy city manager and Chief of Staff for the City of Alexandria, VA, as been named as Roanoke County’s new County Administrator.  Board of Supervisors chairman Joe McNamara made the announcement a short time ago:

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Hotel promised for South Peak will finally open tomorrow

WFIR---local-businessIts been a long time coming but the hotel promised for the South Peak development in Roanoke County will finally open … More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Roanoke Fire-EMS has safety pointers on space heaters

Rke Fire-EMS LogoThe cold weather is here … that means people will be pulling their space heaters out of storage and stoking up the fireplace. Roanoke Fire-EMS has a few safety pointers. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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New home for Blue Ridge Literacy

Blue Ridge Literacy ribbon cuttingThe non-profit that helps people – mainly recent immigrants – with their English writing and reading skills is moving from one side the of main Roanoke Library branch on Jefferson Street to the other side. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on Blue Ridge Literacy:

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Roanoke City celebrates “Save the Music” partnership

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Hunter Hayes and David Stewart Wiley shoot a selfie

More than $500,000 from VH1’s “Save the Music Foundation” over the past 5 years has helped bolster music education programs and provided instruments for Roanoke City Public School students. They held a celebration concert last night. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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More kudos for the Roanoke Valley

wfirsmallMore kudos for the Roanoke Valley from national publications and travel writers … Jennifer Huber is a travel writer on the “Solo Travel Girl” blog …WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Country star Hunter Hayes meets Roanoke City students

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Hunter Hayes (center) with Roanoke City high school students

Roanoke City Schools celebrates 5 years of partnership with VH-1’s “Save the Music Foundation,” at a special concert tonight. Save the Music has issued $510,000 in grants to Roanoke City for music education and instruments. Country Music star Hunter Hayes will be on hand to mark the occasion … the 23-year-old Hayes is a VH1 Save the Music Foundation ambassador … He was also at an event this morning. He spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

 

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