Pete Eshelman (at podium) salutes Liz Belcher (seated). G Marrano photo
The Roanoke Valley Greenways Coordinator since that job came into existence in 1996 steps down in a few days. Well-wishers and those Liz Belcher has worked with as the greenway and natural surface trail system grew over the past 25 years celebrated that legacy on Wednesday, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
The inaugural Botetourt Tomato Festival is set for this weekend. WFIR’s Ian Price has details:
Rules for the tomato sandwich competitions can be found below.
Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivers says he is “beyond frustrated” by the number of players that have not been vaccinated yet as training camp gets underway:
Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins come to life on the stage at Mill Mountain Theatre, tonight through August 22. More on the return to live theater and “Million Dollar Quartet,” from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
As the college football season draws closer UVA took part in the ACC Kickoff media event last week. 2nd year starter Cavaliers quarterback Brendan Armstrong was among those there:
Two years later an Asheville-based band with several distinct musical genres will get their first-place prize from 2019 this weekend at FloydFest 2021 “Odyssey” – a gig on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with Abby Bryant – of Abby Bryant and the Echoes:
Caroline Moore photos
There was a ribbon cutting for a new bridge that is part of the Roanoke River Greenway today. The Barnhardt Creek Bridge connects sections between Roanoke city and Salem near Peter’s Creek road. The donors who contributed over $50,000 are recognized on a plaque at a plaza constructed in the Roanoke section of the Greenway. The plaza is home to the “Freewheelin” sculpture and was named Liz Belcher Plaza by Roanoke City Council. Belcher, the Greenways coordinator, is retiring this month:
Lord Botetourt lineman Gunner Givens has verbally committed to play football at Virginia Tech – reportedly choosing the Hokies over dozens of other offers. Penn State and Clemson were also on his short list, as he tells WDBJ-7:
The Commonwealth Games main games weekend at Liberty University July 23rd-25th will feature two-time Olympic track champion Franceena McCrory as its special guest speaker. And Will Wagner – an infielder for Liberty University – has been drafted by the Houston Astros:
Fresh off their trip to the College Baseball World Series, several Virginia Cavaliers were at Calfee Park in Pulaski last night to play with USA Baseball’s national collegiate team. Virginia Tech player Gavin Cross is also on the team.