Now that spring is here, allergy season nears as well

Spring is here, and that means for many people with allergies, itching and sneezing season is just about to arrive as well. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Vinton mayor says library, brewery are both bringing more downtown activity

Vinton Mayor Brad Grose says the town is on a roll, and that creates momentum likely leading to further activity in the town, sparked in no small part by two very different economic drivers. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Mayor: Vinton is on a roll

Vinton Mayor Brad Grose says a lot of positive developments are propelling the town forward. They include the opening of a new craft brewery, the new Roanoke County Library branch, improvements to the downtown district and Vinton Farmer’s Market — and coming soon, things like extension of the Tinker Creek Greenway and opening a former school as an apartment building. Grose appeared live on the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News:

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Tornado drill today; where would you go if a twister approaches and what would you do?

Virginia emergency management officials say today’s statewide tornado drill provides an important chance to plan for a dangerous event that can happen on short notice at any time. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Ahead of construction of Botetourt YMCA, fund-raising campaign office opens there

The YMCA of Roanoke Valley plans to break ground for its new Botetourt center by this September, and ahead of that, it has opened a campaign fund-raising office in Daleville.  The goal is to raise more than $9 million for the new Y Center in Daleville, with groundbreaking currently scheduled by late summer. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Grandma, inmate charged with jail drug conspiracy

Lillian Bowyer

Leake Johnson

A Bedford grandmother and her grandson are charged with attempting to smuggle prescription drugs into a regional jail near Lynchburg. The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office says 77-year-old Lillian Bowyer faces drug conspiracy charges, as does 26-year-old Leake Johnson, who is currently an inmate in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. Officials say they discovered the plan before any drugs actually got in.

(Continue reading for the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office news release.)

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Salem mayor expects new Valleydale owners to ask city for financial incentives

Mayor Randy Foley

Salem Mayor Randy Foley says he expects the new owners of the former Valleydale plant to ask the city — and its taxpayers — to agree to incentives for its future development. And as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, he has high hopes for the role it may once again provide in Salem:

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Foley appeared live Thursday on WFIR. Hear the entire interview:

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Police seek “vehicle of interest” in home invasion, robbery

Roanoke Police want your help in identifying a “vehicle of interest” that they say is connected to an home invasion yesterday on Forest Park Boulevard. Police say a man  broke into the home and tied up a 62-year-old woman and her 58-year-old brother before stealing money and other items.  Police say the incident was not random.

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Losing lottery ticket turns into $100,000 winner for Roanoke man

A Roanoke man is a $100,000 dollar Virginia Lottery winner – with a ticket that at first didn’t win anything. Lottery officials say Brandon Radford entered the ticket into “eXTRA Chances”, and his was among those selected from among all the previous non-winners entered.

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Salem mayor on WFIR; Valleydale, school renovation costs and more

Mayor Randy Foley

Salem Mayor Randy Foley joined the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News live this morning, discussing a wide range of subjects that include:

Should Salem taxpayers support some city incentives to the developers of the former Valleydale plant?

How much should the city pay to renovate Salem High School?

What hopes does Salem have to develop properties above city-owned downtown surface parking lots?

Here is the full conversation:

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