Big crowd expected at Olde Salem Days

For over three decades, Olde Salem Days has been held on the second Saturday of September.  The tradition continues for the 32nd time this Saturday.  ...

Floyd County man claims $2 million Powerball prize

A Floyd County man has stepped forward to claim a Powerball prize worth $2 million.  Darrell Burnette of Willis picked five numbers in the August ...

Even when summer ends, ticks remain a health threat well into fall

The summer season may be coming to an end, but the Virginia Department of Health says the threat of tick-related illnesses continues well into fall ...

VA to consider different math standards for different races

The State Board of Education will consider revisions next month that would set different mathematics goals for different groups of students -- higher pass rate ...

Construction crews hard at work on Virginia Tech campus

Students aren't the only ones working on the Virginia Tech campus this semester; construction crews are staying busy with lots of projects.  WFIR's Timothy Martin ...

Geico, gecko coming to VA rest areas

Geico Insurance is about to sponsor "Safe Phone Zones" at the state's highway rest areas and welcome centers, part of state efforts to bring in ...

Getting the word out to seniors: you need voter ID with you from now on

The AARP says it is working with seniors to be sure they have proper voter identification with them in November. This comes in response to ...

Roanoke Police target second neighborhood for drug dealers

Roanoke Police are targeting a second city neighborhood in efforts to clear out drug dealers -- and make those neighborhoods better places to live. The ...

Water levels falling ahead of Labor Day at Smith Mountain Lake

As Smith Mountain Lake prepares for a busy crowd this holiday weekend, there may be some hidden dangers for boaters.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details ...

Cooperative donkey gets artificial limb

A Roanoke company that makes prosthetics is looking after one of its newest patients -- a four-legged one. "Stitches" is a 15-year-old donkey who lost ...

Roanoke County supervisors postpone invocation vote

Roanoke County Supervisors have postponed a decision on whether to adopt guidelines for invocations at future board meetings. It came after 90 minutes of often ...

Red Cross facing double whammy!

Red Cross volunteers from Roanoke are in the Gulf to help Hurricane Isaac storm victims.  This at a time when there's a critical need for ...

Salem schools, teachers work on future pay plan

Salem teachers are back in their classrooms this week preparing for the start of school there one week from today. But teachers are also working ...

Information session tonight on becoming Virginia Master Naturalist

Your chance at becoming a Virginia Master Naturalist is coming.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has more on an information session coming up tonight at the Hollins ...

God is in, Jesus out under proposed Roanoke County invocation policy

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday that would continue invocations before its meetings -- but with restrictions  that did not ...

Groundbreaking marks start of new Roanoke Valley greenway

Construction is now underway for the newest section of the Roanoke Valley Greenway system, this one along Mason Creek in Salem. For starters, this greenway ...

Civil liberties advocates say Marine veteran’s detention raises troubling q...

A Charlottesville-based civil liberties organization says there are some important lessons to be learned from the case of a Marine veteran who was detained for ...

Kaine unveils Spanish-language TV ads to reach Hispanic voters

Senate Candidate Tim Kaine has created his first Spanish language television ad. The ads started airing Friday, and there are more to come. Television and ...

5,600,000 pounds later, Roanoke crews catch up with windstorm debris

In the eight weeks since the June windstorm, Roanoke City crews have collected 2,800 tons of brush from residential areas -- that's about 5.6 million ...

I-81 widening between Roanoke and Christiansburg could start within four ye...

Virginia's Secretary of Transportation says the first work to widen Interstate 81 between Roanoke and Christiansburg could begin within four years. Sean Connaughton says the ...