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Rachel Meell

The Christmas season may look a bit different this year because of COVID, but that doesn’t mean that some of the festivities can’t go on as normal. One local business is helping keep some of the magic alive by giving children the chance to have a visit with Santa, but virtually. WFIR’s Rachel Meell has the story:

To sign your child up for a Zoom call with Santa and Mrs. Claus, click here.

The Advancement Foundation’s Innovation Mill is now accepting new applications from business startups in potentially high growth industries who need mentoring. The Innovation Mill is a free-of-charge program that’s funded by GO Virginia Region 2. WFIR’s Rachel Meell has the story:

For more information on the Innovation Mill, click here.

Many running and 5K fundraisers have had to be rescheduled or cancelled this year because of the pandemic. Some of the events were turned into virtual runs, but the 46th annual Health Focus of Southwest Virginia Salem Distance Run on Saturday will be completely in person. WFIR’s Rachel Meell explains how the event will be different from past years:

To sign up for the race, click here.

COVID-19 has caused people to have to work or learn from home, which has been difficult for many as they have weak internet connections. The Botetourt Board of Supervisors recently highlighted the efforts being made to enhance broadband expansion across the county. Plans were put in place that would provide better connectivity to homes in neglected areas as WFIR’s Rachel Meell reports: