Local Government, Civic Affairs and Education
Lee Clark (L) and Molly Bullington (C). Ian Price photo
Its time once again for the Rescue Mission of Roanoke’s Drumstick Dash 5K run or walk – thousands of people moving their feet so others can eat. Live in studio this morning Rescue Mission CEO Lee Clark and Race Director Molly Bullington with Blue Ridge Racing talked about the Dash – and about getting ready for the annual free Thanksgiving luncheon at the Rescue Mission:
Register for the Drumstick Dash 5K here
Roanoke County Public Schools hope a $250,000 grant will help provide another layer of safety and security. Like virtually all school systems, Roanoke County has undertaken a number of safety-related steps in the last ten years or so, some of them quite visible, others less so. Now comes one that’s been on the wish list for much of that time in hopes of better integrating radio communications with Roanoke County Police. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones:
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After a month of soft openings The Construction Zone at Kids Square in downtown Roanoke has its official launch at Center in the Square tomorrow. The Branch Group and Carter Machinery have teamed up for construction-related exhibits.
An election poll worker at the Peters Creek precinct says voters got some incorrect information in the mail on where to cast their ballot today. Its NOT at William Fleming High School on Ferncliff Avenue Northwest – but at the Fleming auxiliary gym on Ordway Drive – one street over. There are signs along Hershberger directing voters to the correct precinct polling station.
One local education advocate discusses the learning loss revealed by the NAEP Report, and elected officials responses to it. WFIR’s Emma Thomas with more:
Roanoke Valley Libraries will be making major changes to their online catalogue. WFIR’s Emma Thomas asked a spokesperson about what this means for patrons:
A “special election” for a Roanoke City Council seat that only has a two year term is on the ballot next week, as are other three Council seats where the winners will serve four-year terms. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on one of the special election candidates:
Republicans looking to win seats on Roanoke City council next week feel residents want change and action. WFIR’s Clark Palmer introduces us to those candidates during this longer listen segment:
Restoration and innovation were the words of the day to describe the NW Initiative at its unveiling. WFIR’s Emma Thomas with more on what that initiative will mean to the community:
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A week ahead of election night for Salem City Council, one candidate says she hopes to bring decades of experience to the council chambers. WFIR’s Emma Thomas has that story: