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A community pet clinic and adoption center in Roanoke is making plans for a new home, according to WDBJ-7. Angels of Assisi offers services for pets and their owners at its current location on Church Avenue. The organization hopes to construct a new building on vacant property at the corner of Elm Avenue and Franklin Road, across from Fire Station number 1.

A rezoning request filed with the Roanoke Planning Commission says the organization is planning a two-story building with approximately 7000 square feet per floor, and associated off-street parking. The vacant lot was once home to a service station many years ago.

Chances are by now most Roanokers know that the 39th annual Strawberry Festival is taking place at Elmwood Park tomorrow and Saturday. Its a fundraiser for Community School, an alternative education option for those ages 3 to middle school. Director of marketing and development Liz Johnson was live in studio yesterday.  She says participation is part of the Community School culture. As for the strawberry shortcakes, sundaes and chocolate-dipped treats this weekend – Johnson doesn’t expect all of them to last until the 4pm closing time on Saturday – so get there earlier. Hear an extended conversation below:



On what would have been his 112th birthday – also “Rule of Law Day” – the Roanoke City Courthouse was formally rededicated today as the “Oliver W. Hill Justice Center.” Hill was an African-American civil rights lawyer who spent part of his youth and early days as an attorney in Roanoke. Oliver Hill was involved with the landmark Brown versus Board of Education Supreme Court case. He finished second in his class at Howard University law school behind future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea presided at today’s renaming ceremony:

The Roanoke Public Library Foundation is asking residents to pull out those scrapbooks or rummage around in the attic – seeking 1940’s era photographs for a book sequel. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:


Complete schedule of scanning events:

  • Main Library, Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m.
  • Main Library’s Virginia Room, Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m.
  • Raleigh Court Branch Library, Tuesday, May 14, 12 p.m.
  • Williamson Road Branch Library, Wednesday, May 22, 12 p.m.
  • Gainsboro Branch Library, Thursday, May 30, 6 p.m.

Over 600 students, faculty, alumni and parent volunteers from Faith Christian School in Roanoke County spent most of the day at Healing Strides in Boones Mill, which employs horse-assisted activities to promote wellness in children and adults. The school’s latest “Project Faith” community service project involved more than 2000 volunteer hours. Project Faith is an annual fundraiser for the school, with a goal of $170,000 this year. Students from grades K through 12 participate and seek sponsorship money from family and friends. Carol Young is the Healing Strides CEO: