The 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:
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.
HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ A Harrisonburg mother of three has been diagnosed with the first known case of the Zika virus in the state. Heather Baker tells media outlets that she received a letter dated Feb. 1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirming that she has Zika virus. Baker thinks she contracted the virus in November while on a mission trip in Guatemala. She says the first symptom was a swollen lymph node on the side of her head. She then began experiencing joint pain, a rash and body aches. Zika is transmitted from infected mosquitoes to people, from infected pregnant mothers to babies and possibly through sexual activity. Babies born to mothers with the virus can have birth defects. Baker says she is managing her symptoms and trying to be cautious.
The Roanoke region’s population grew about 1.7% in the past five years according to estimates from a University of Virginia research center. That compares to a statewide growth of almost 5%. In our area, Montgomery County led the way, growing 4%, and Bedford County was not far behind at 3.6%. Click here to read the full report, which breaks down the numbers by city and county.
A bail hearing is scheduled for a Virginia Tech student charged as being an accessory in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl. The Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk’s office says Natalie Keepers’ hearing is now set for 11 a.m. Thursday. It originally had been scheduled for Wednesday. The 19-year-old engineering student is charged with accessory before and after the fact, as well as with illegally disposing of Nicole Lovell’s body. Keepers’ classmate, 18-year-old David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. Both defendants are being held without bond.