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Late last month RAM House announced it had found a new home through a generous donation from the Jain Family. Now RAM is running a capital campaign to make the building move in ready and add new services. WFIR Denise Allen Membreno has more.

The RAM House has reached the halfway mark to its goal of more than 4-million dollars. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports the capital campaign will expand services and renovate the Ministries’ new home.

RAM-Roanoke Area Ministries

The Salem Museum Speaker Series continues next Thursday with Scott Crawford sharing his insights into Gilber Stuart’s iconic portrait of George Washington. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.


Stuart Gilbert’s iconic portrait of George Washington is the topic of the next Salem Museum Speaker Series. The painting is known as The Lansdown Portrait. In it Gilbert incorprates imagery of Noah and the Flood. Scott Crawford is the President of CEO of Virginia 811. He also holds a Master’s in Colonial American History. Crawford will share his insights on the artists us of imagery and hopes this encourages people to slowdown and really examine works of art.

You can join the presentation February 8th at 7pm via zoom. We will have a link at


Roanoke County Fire and Rescue responded at 12:42 a.m. on Monday, January 22, 2024, to the 5300 block of Yellow Mountain Road, in the Clearbrook area, for the report of a residential structure fire. The first arriving unit from Station 7 (Clearbrook) found heavy smoke showing from the attic area of a two-story house and marked it a working fire. The house was occupied by one adult at the time of the fire. The fire was brought under control in about one hour. The adult occupant is safe and there were no injuries. The resident of the home will be displaced and is being assisted by the American Red Cross. Due to a lack of fire hydrants in that area of Roanoke County, several tanker trucks from across the county were used to shuttle water to the fire. The Roanoke County Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene to investigate a cause and provide a damage estimate.

After a month of over indulging many embark on a dry-January, meaning a month of NOT drinking alcohol. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports forget dry January mocktails have become popular year round.



Chances are you have heard of dry January, where people try to go without drinking alcohol for one month. Instead of cocktails many often drink their non-alcoholic cousin, a mocktail. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more on this growing trend.

During a work session yesterday afternoon, members of the Roanoke County School Board discussed the possibility of providing solar energy to Cave Spring High School. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

Roanoke County Public Schools is entertaining solar power as a way to save on electricity. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more on the possible “Power Purchase Agreement.”

Alexis Parker

Update: Alexis Parker has been located. She is safe and has been returned to her family.


Previous The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in locating a missing 15 year old juvenile. Alexis Parker left her home on Falling Creek Road in Bedford County around 10:45pm on 1-2-2024. Alexis Parker is a white female who is 5ft 3in tall. She is approximately 130 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. She normally wears earrings that are of a cow skull and arrow design. She was last seen wearing grey sweatpants and a jacket (unknown color). She may be wearing Crocs or cowboy boots. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900 or enter your tip online at


The Taubman Museum of Art and the Moss Arts Center are celebrating the life and work of a beloved regional artist. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

Beloved Blacksburg artist Joe Kelley was known for his love of nature and his innovative work. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno tells us where we can see his work.