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After a two-year hiatus as it moved to a new location in Floyd County – a shorter drive from Roanoke – FloydFest 2024-Horizon returns next week beginning on Wednesday. The music and outdoors festival off Bent Mountain Road is bigger, but will be less crowded. CEO John McBroom and COO Sam Calhoun spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano and here is a “Longer Listen” segment:

Nancy Agee-Carilion

A longtime head at Carilion Clinic is stepping down later this year. WFIR’s Alex Torres has details:


Nancy Howell Agee, who led Carilion Clinic through more than a decade of transformative change, will step down as CEO Sept. 30. Steve Arner, who was promoted to president in May 2023, will succeed Agee and become president and CEO Oct. 1.

The leadership transition comes after Agee’s long and distinguished career at Carilion, beginning as a nurse in 1973. She was named president and CEO in 2011, becoming the system’s seventh – and only female – top executive.

Agee will serve as CEO emeritus through September 2025, focusing on philanthropy, growing partnerships and continuing to develop Carilion’s reputation statewide and nationally.

Nancy Agee (left) with Nicholas and Jenny Taubman (seated) G Marrano photos

A new cancer treatment center that Carilion Clinic has had on the drawing board for years is closer to becoming a reality, after a major gift revealed today from former U.S. Ambassador and Advance Auto CEO Nicholas Taubman and his wife Jenny.

The Carilion Taubman Cancer Center will be built where a surface parking lot in front of the Riverside garage now stands; its at least two years away at this point as an upgrade from the current Carilion cancer treatment facility on South Jefferson Street. Carilion CEO Nancy Agee made that announcement:


Pool party pooches, the Cowboy circus, the small world of agriculture – and all those rides. The Salem Fair is back for a 36th time starting this afternoon, and WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:


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