Roanoke County gears up for Tons of Fun

Roanoke-County-LogoRoanoke County and Tanglewood Mall have once again teamed up for the Tons of Fun extravaganza. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details:

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Performances include: Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers, Doug Berky, Roanoke Taekwondo America, Mark Fuller Magic Show, Shaolin Dragons Kung Fu and more

Activities include: Balloon animal workshop, laser tag, inflatable games, face painting and more

 

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Still looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift?

VA gentlemenThe Virginia Gentlemen Barbershop Harmony Chorus is continuing its Valentine’s Day tradition of serenading lovers in the Roanoke Valley. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details:

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Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, telegrams will be delivered on February 12 and 13. The Virginia Gentlemen will travel to Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Botetourt and Blacksburg. If you’d like to order a Singing Valentine contact Ed Burke at 540-977-0472. For more about the Virginia Gentlemen click here. If you’d like a female quartet to serenade your loved one call Star City Sounds at 540-466-4640.

 

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Roanoke County TRIAD shows documentary on heroin use

The Hardest HitIt’s was first unveiled by Attorney General Mark Herring in December, now a local organization is showing a documentary on how heroin is affecting the Commonwealth. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details:

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Voting underway in Black History Month Art Contest

wfir-defaultThe 9th annual Black History Month Art Contest with U.S. Cellular and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia is underway. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details:

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To vote on the artwork, visit the following U.S. Cellular stores:

Valley View- 4760 Valley View Blvd. #30, Roanoke, VA 24012

Electric Road- 3260 Electric Road Suite 503, Roanoke, VA 24018

Salem- 1420 West Main Street, Salem, VA 24153

Christiansburg- 103 Conston Ave., Christiansburg, VA 24073

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Where should you retire?

WalletHubPersonal finance website WalletHub has released its 2016 list of the best and worst states to retire. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details on where Virginia ranks.

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For more about WalletHub’s findings click here.

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Botetourt County Supervisors create commission and answer questions regarding recent actions at Greenfield

Botetourt-CountyIn response to concerns from the public about moving a former Greenfield Plantation slave cabin and kitchen, Botetourt County is creating the Greenfield Preservation Advisory Commission. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details:

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These are questions and answers released by the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors regarding recent actions at Greenfield.

1. Why is the County moving the historical slave cabin and kitchen in Greenfield?
The slave cabin and nearby kitchen are located in a central location in the Greenfield business park and have been designated for relocation to a 28-acre historical preservation area near the entrance to Greenfield. This new site already contains a majority of the historical resources present in the park, including other structures and cemeteries. Moving the slave cabin and kitchen causes the least disturbance to the fewest number of historical resources in the park and allows future visitors to have enhanced access to those resources. In order to accomplish the broader preservation goals of the park, a plan to move the slave cabin and the kitchen was adopted 20 years ago with broad publicity and public involvement. The plan has been reviewed and reaffirmed in the years since with input from the public. To the extent of balancing all needs and goals of the park, the plan is still appropriate for the full utilization of the County’s land purchase.

2. Why move the slave cabin and kitchen now after 20 years?
Botetourt County, like the rest of the country, was tremendously affected by the ‘great recession’. As economic development programs are beginning to gear back up in the recovery years, the Board of Supervisors has recognized the need to reinvigorate the attractiveness of Greenfield. The slave cabin and kitchen are located on a prime tract of land key to that initiative. In fact, the land has the access and attributes necessary for the 20-acre development containing the 100,000 square foot “shell building” expandable up to 250,000 square feet, a new access road, and four smaller tracts to the north of that new road for smaller-scale development.

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VDACS looking for public input

vdacs.virginia.gov

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Much like in other states, honeybee colonies in Virginia have been dying and state agriculture officials are trying to fix the problem. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the story.

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For more about the plan click here.

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Governor talks snow on WTOP

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe spoke on D.C. radio station WTOP this morning, and the recent winter storm was a hot topic. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details.

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WRABA needs volunteers

WRABAThe Williamson Road Area Business Association is looking for volunteers for its Adopt-a-Street Clean-up Day. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details.

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If you’d like to volunteer, RSVP at the WRABA website or call Wendy Jones at 362-3293.

Clean-ups are Thursday, February 11 from 9:30am to 3:30pm and Saturday, February 13 from 9:00am to 11:00am

 

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Health officials says cold-weather hazards still exist

Virginia Department of HealthWinter Storm Jonas has passed, but the Virginia Department of Health says threats still remain. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details:

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