Former Roanoke City mayor Nelson Harris is a local history buff for sure – he has just released his 12th book, this one entitled “A History of Back Creek,” which looks at other southwest county neighborhoods like Cave Spring, Poages Mill and Bent Mountain. One thing that struck Harris – how much the apple business meant to the area a century ago.Harris said he spent three years collecting old photographs from local residents for inclusion in the book. He will discuss “A History of Back Creek” and sign copies this Sunday at the South County Library on Merriman Road, at 2-pm.
The Virginia Tech Hokies men’s basketball team still needs to pile up wins to ensure a playoff berth. Tomorrow they are at Georgia Tech.
A movie that’s expected to have a massive opening weekend features a lesser known character, but a local comic book store owner says Black Panther was actually the first mainstream black superhero. More from WFIR’s Ian Price:
Bishop ML Hardy and the Sons of Thunder/FB photo
A second annual event that drew several hundred people last year is back this Sunday as a Black History Month celebration. More on the “Gospel Jubilee” from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
20 year old Liberty University online student William Byron will race in the NASCAR season-opener Daytona 500 on Sunday with Liberty as a primary sponsor. And the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are fighting for a playoff spot in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Dan Bremner – Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs photo
The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are fighting for a playoff spot in the Southern Professional Hockey League – and it won’t be easy. After home games at the Berglund Center tomorrow and Saturday night the Dawgs go on the road for 7 games and won’t return home for more than 3 weeks. Huntsville is the opponent for both home games this weekend. You can hear our latest complete conversation with Rail Yard Dawgs coach Dan Bremner below:
Number one Virginia topped Miami last night in a men’s basketball ACC contest on the road – 59 to 50. DeAndre Hunter had 22 points to lead the Cavaliers. Head coach Tony Bennett described the win – where UVA did enough on offense and played its usual defensive game:
Major league baseball spring training starts this week and one front office executive for the Chicago Cubs is now a local Hall of Famer as well. Bobby Basham grew up in Franklin County:
Are you going to be single this Valentine’s Day? Well, a report from the personal-finance website Wallet Hub says there are a lot worse places to be than Virginia. More from WFIR’s Ian Price:
The full Wallethub study can be found here
Spencer Stone (left) and Alek Skarlatos in the movie “The 15:17 to Paris”, Photo Date: 2017
The real-life stars of a thwarted terrorist attack that a new Clint Eastwood movie is based on appeared at Liberty University’s convocation. The 15:17 to Paris is fresh off its opening weekend, as WFIR’s Ian Price reports: