Martinsville revisits emergency plans after fatal Pocono lightning strike

Martinsville Speedway officials say they have emergency plans ready -- and control centers in operation -- for every race. But Sunday's fatal lightning strike at ...

Camp VA Jaycee property donated to HopeTree Family Services

The Camp VA Jaycee property in Bedford County has a new owner.   Dare to Care Charities recently donated the 60 acres to HopeTree Family Services.  ...

Apple crop is way early in this most unusual of years

Virginia apple growers say they've never seen a year like this, but it is nonetheless looking like a good one. Unusual events include a very ...

After years of delays, first South Peak building should be move-in ready by...

The developers of South Peak say construction of the first condominium building is a signal that other buildings will go up on the hillside across ...

A Girl and a Gun Club: designed to help women bear arms

A club in Roanoke focuses on women and their right to bear arms. "A Girl and a Gun Club" members meet every month to practice ...

Vinton police to get four-legged addition

The Vinton Police Department is getting a new four-legged addition. The town's police chief says the dog's keen sense of smell will help search for ...

Wesley Clark in Roanoke: timed Afghan pullout is sensible

The Obama presidential campaign brought Retired General Wesley Clark to the Roanoke Valley this week, paying particular attention to veterans and rebutting recent military policy ...

Red cross cites lowest blood reserves in 15 years, asks for donations

Red Cross Blood supplies are at the lowest level in 15 years. They are only collecting about 80% of what they hope to see each ...

Eat for Education may be over, but its impact continues

Eat for Education is over, but Roanoke City school officials say its benefits will continue in next few years. The 2% meals tax increase expired ...

Your child can’t start kindergarten until you do this first

It takes more than notebooks and pencils to be ready for the first day of school. Officials say it happens every year: parents fail to ...

College students spend summer helping children with disabilities

Sixteen college students from across the country are at Camp Easter Seals in Craig County this week, part of a summer-long volunteer effort to improve ...

Endangered VA artifacts: area midwife’s records and rail sleeping car on li...

Voting is now underway on what should make up “Virginia's Top 10 Most Endangered Artifacts" list.  One of the choices is records on hand at ...

Public schools change lunch menus, preparation in efforts to fight obesity

The statistics show childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, and many school systems are trying to help bring that number ...

Mistaken alert is part of a new Roanoke County emergency warning system

Roanoke County officials were quick to apologize yesterday after a test alert message was mistakenly sent to 30,000 homes and businesses warning of an escaped ...

Here it comes: tax-free school supplies weekend

Virginia's annual tax-free school supplies weekend starts Friday. State officials estimate shoppers will save about $4.5 million Friday through Sunday. WFIR's Starr Anderson has more ...

Phone calls warning of escaped prisoner were a test — hear the entire call...

It was only a test -- and it was not supposed to go out to 30,000 Roanoke County land line telephones. But a warning about ...

8 million pounds and counting: Roanoke City, County crews still collecting ...

The debris cleanup is far from done, but Roanoke City and County both report they have returned to normal pickup schedules for the first time ...

Helping low-income children to better nutrituion — one backpack at a time...

Most public schools resume classes in the next month or so, and many low-income students will again have access to school lunch programs during the ...

$50,000 grant will help bring arts to Roanoke neighborhoods

Roanoke City was one of the 80 communities and organizations awarded money from the National Endowment of the Arts. The main goal is to use ...

Starting today: three weeks of stepped-up Electric Road traffic enforcement

Roanoke County Police say they will begin three weeks of "targeted enforcement" today on Electric Road near Tanglewood Mall in hopes of reducing the number ...