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 ...

He reached the finals: Salem man remembers his own Olympics experience

A local chiropractor knows first-hand what the Olympic competitors are going through -- and he has special reason to pay particular attention to swimmer Michael ...

As August approaches, a warning that it is the worst month for traffic deat...

August is drawing near, the month that is typically the deadliest one for highway fatalities in Virginia.  DMV statistics show more than 12% of the ...

Richmond: this year’s math SOL pass rates are dramatically lower

State education officials are getting the word out early -- there will be a big drop in math SOL pass rates when they release the ...

Elmwood Park makeover set to begin in October

Elmwood Park's long-planned makeover is set to begin later this year. The $5 million project is scheduled to start in October and should take about ...

VDOT: Bent Mountain Road construction on track for completion within a year

The $20.1 million project to straighten and add lanes to a portion of Bent Mountain Road is on track and should be done by this ...

First summer in six years: Blue Ridge Parkway open end-to-end

A lot of people will drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in coming months, and for the first time in six years, they can drive ...

13-month-old dead, Roanoke County man behind bars

A 13-month-old child is dead and a 27-year-old Roanoke County man is behind bars charged in connection with the little girl’s death.  Police were called ...

Why Roanoke County went out of state for its next Chief of Police

Roanoke County officials say extensive command experience and recognized expertise in what's called "data-driven policing" are two big reasons they chose Howard Hall as the ...

Meals on Wheels is growing, needs more volunteers

The local Meals On Wheels program is expanding and needs more volunteers.  The Roanoke area program needs 45 volunteers every day to deliver meals to ...