Now here’s Brent Stevens from Hollins University “At the Movies” … with what’s new at the historic Grandin Theatre: “Pain and Glory”:
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The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs have to feel good about their last few games- and Roanoke College announced yesterday it will begin competing in Division Three wrestling in the fall of 2021:
The loss of good-paying and long-term jobs at several local companies has led the Virginia Career Works resource center and the City of Roanoke to team up and offer assistance. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
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Dukes head coach on an offensive wrinkle they expect to see this weekend when JMU battles North Dakota State for a national football title.
They will meet again on the – the next time in Blacksburg – but on Saturday the Virginia Tech Hokies men’s basketball team was no match for 18th ranked Virginia in Charlottesville.
Blue Ridge PBS has the highly unusual — and highly welcome — opportunity to turn a $2 million gift into $4 million. It’s a matching grant challenge from the Secular Society, and Blue Ridge PBS officials say the funds will afford them the equipment and people needed to tell lasting stories of the region — and do so not just for TV, but for the growing number of people who watch video content on personal devices. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones:
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Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett says is team’s defense led the way as UVA beat intrastate rival easily in the first of their two meetings on Saturday.
Merrill Robertson, Jr.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former University of Virginia football player convicted of engaging in a $10 million investment fraud scheme was sentenced Friday to 40 years in federal prison.
Merrill Robertson Jr., 39, of Chesterfield, was convicted in October of charges including mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. departed from sentencing guidelines that called for Robertson to get a prison term ranging from 20 to 24 years.
Prosecutors say Robertson and a co-conspirator, Sherman Carl Vaughn, fraudulently obtained over $10 million from more than 60 investors and spent much of the money on personal expenses, including mortgage and car payments, school tuitions, spa visits, restaurants and vacations. Robertson raised money using contacts he developed while playing football at Fork Union Military Academy and the University of Virginia.
Robertson and others engaged in a separate scheme to fraudulently obtain nearly $250,000 through falsified loan applications to at least five financial institutions, according to prosecutors.
The Virginia Tech Hokies men’s basketball team faces off against instrastate rival Virginia in Charlottesville tomorrow afternoon as the ACC season gets fully underway.
Photo: Roanoke County
The numbers are in for the Illuminights holiday display at Explore Park. 43,097 people paid to walk through the light show trail that was also a joint fundraising effort from Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism and Center in the Square. The initial year attendance target was 25,000. It will take about a month to take down the Illuminights display – it took two months to set up. They’ll make some changes next time to keep it fresh. Scott Ramsburg is with Roanoke County:
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