Arts, Leisure and Sports

Jim Sargent is a retired history teacher and an author – most of his books have been non-fiction works based on his lifelong passion for baseball. Lately the Roanoker has branched out into fiction; his latest release is “Final Secret – A Novel About Pearl Harbor.” Its centered around a character named Mickey Mathews – who goes to Hawaii to write a novel about a rumored attack. Writer Jim Sargent spoke recently to WFIR anchor-reporter Gene Marrano – and here is a “Longer Listen”:

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A warning to boaters on Smith Mountain Lake just as the summer boating season is set to begin — our recent heavy rains have created some potentially dangerous hazards on the water. River and creek levels rose dramatically in the last ten days, sweeping down debris like logs and tree trunks into busy Smith Mountain Lake navigation channels. Crews are working to clear the debris, but the job will take weeks to complete. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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