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The Roanoke Regional Partnership has released its annual report for 2023. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno tells us the Partnership says last year was a record breaker.

The Roanoke Regional Partnership’s annual report shows the region’s outdoor attractions are bringing in big bucks. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

Roanoke County has extended the deadline for its broadband survey. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports the county wants to hear from residents so it can improve internet access.


Roanoke County residents have more time to fill out a survey requesting information on their broadband service, or lack there of…As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports the information helps providers know where to expand their services.


Statement from Roanoke City Public Schools: We are aware of threats toward multiple schools that have been circulating on social media since last evening. Police are investigating and are working with the social media companies in their investigation. To that end, there will be no school or afterschool activities today, February 22nd, so police can continue their investigation. 12-month employees should report on time

Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a structure fire yesterday in the 500 block of Campbell Ave SW. First arriving crews found smoke coming from the second floor. Upon entry, crews located a victim that was removed from the structure and transported to the hospital by Roanoke Fire-EMS personnel. Despite all efforts by Roanoke Fire EMS personnel and hospital staff, the individual passed away. Fire investigators are working diligently to determine the cause and origin of this fire. Also, 10 occupants were displaced and Roanoke Emergency Management Staff worked to relocate these individuals


Roanoke County Public Schools is planning a new career and technical education center. The new school needs a name and that’s where you come in, WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno explains.


Construction on the new school replacing the Burton Center for Arts and Technology will start this summer. The process of naming it has already begun. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports you have until Friday to turn in your suggestion to Roanoke County Public Schools.



Venues are stepping up and music acts are populating the schedule of this year’s Down by Downtown Music Festival. As WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno reports headliner Morgo Price is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Freedom First Down by Downtown music festival is gearing up to show natives and all the tourists coming to town for the Blue Ridge Marathon a good time. The four day festival spotlights more than a dozen local venues as well as local and national musicians. WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.