Roanoke area part of $900,000 in matching tourism grants

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that $927,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 43 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars, and will ultimately impact at least […]

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Griffith, Hurt, Goodlatte ask FERC for public meetings on pipeline

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Griffith, Hurt, Goodlatte ask FERC for public meetings on pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Morgan Griffith (VA-09), and Robert Hurt (VA-05) sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting that they not only hold one-on-one meetings, but with constituents in Virginia pertaining to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). Below is the […]

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Green Hill Highland Games this Saturday

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Green Hill Highland Games this Saturday

Where can you find a ton of tartan, bold bag pipes and feats of super human strength in Roanoke County, Virginia? Only at the 2016 Green Hill Highland Games where you’ll see some of the most outstanding kilt-donning athletes around! On Saturday, August 27 from 9am-6pm, Roanoke County’s Green Hill Park will host the Green […]

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Roanoke’s Southeast mural dedication creates neighborhood pride

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Roanoke's Southeast mural dedication creates neighborhood pride

It was a beautiful Southeast Roanoke sunny Saturday morning at Fire Station No. 6 on Jamison Avenue. Across the street on Dale Avenue the sun shone on a mountain themed mural that stretched well over a block. A wall that once was a gray and dull where Dale Avenue meets Jamison Avenue was transformed into […]

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Roanoke MSA employment advances slightly for July – Virginia labor force contracts

Friday, August 19, 2016

Roanoke MSA employment advances slightly for July - Virginia labor force contracts

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was again unchanged at 3.7 percent in July—the third consecutive month at 3.7 percent. Roanoke Metropolitan Area (MSA) employment was little changed. From June to July 2016 Roanoke MSA gained the bulk of increased jobs – 1000 up .6%. From July 2015 at 161,200 to 162,300 for July 2016 Roanoke […]

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Golf returns to the Olympics and other golf news

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Golf returns to the Olympics and other golf news

Golf’s Epic Return After an 112-year drought, golf has finally made its return to the Olympics. Kicking off today, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are teeing off for Team USA. Find out how @TheFirstTee core values and life skills work together to build character! http://bit.ly/1yrYEeS   .@PGAjrleaguegolf regionals are just around the corner! Stay tuned […]

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CDC Director Tom Frieden tells Congress to please act fast on funding for Zika

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CDC Director Tom Frieden tells Congress to please act fast on funding for Zika

Resources are thin as South Florida battles mosquitoes in the Wynwood arts district of Miami. A one square mile that has seen 15 Zika cases. In the U.S. the count is up to 1,657 Zika cases. Virginia has 51 as of July 27. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in four counties. Yesterday U.S. Sen. […]

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AG Mark Herring introduces new program to educate teens interacting with law enforcement

Monday, August 1, 2016

HAMPTON (August 1, 2016)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced the launch of “Give It, Get It: Trust and Respect between Teens and Law Enforcement,” a new program to help ensure safe, mutually respectful interactions between Virginia teens and law enforcement. The program will help educate teens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with […]

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Congress vacations as Zika virus cases mount

Friday, July 29, 2016

Congress vacations as Zika virus cases mount

As of June 27 there are 1,657 (up from 1,404 last week) Zika cases reported in the U.S. and Virginia has increased to 51 cases from 43 a week ago. Four cases of Zika infection in Miami are highly likely to have been caused by infected mosquitoes as reported in the NY Times. July 20, 2016: […]

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What’s going on across from Countryside Park?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

What's going on across from Countryside Park?

Bulldozing, backhoes are moving dirt and toppling trees on what was once Roanoke airport property between Ranch Road and Portland Avenue in Northwest City. A small parking lot is expected to relieve parking that neighbors now see as a parking problem with the Countryside Park and trails being so popular from visitors outside the neighborhoods. […]

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Virginia homelessness decreases over 10 percent in 2016 – Roanoke/Salem receive VHSP fundng

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development recently awarded $14.7 million in state and federal funds to address homelessness. Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem City received $520,492 of the allocation. Since 2010, Virginia has seen a 31 percent drop in overall homelessness. During that same time period, the Commonwealth has seen a 37.6 percent decrease […]

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Virginia Health Care Community united in Zika prevention and response efforts

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Virginia Health Care Community united in Zika prevention and response efforts

As of this week 5 more cases of the Zika virus have been added to Virginia’s total cases making a total of 38 cases as announced today by  VDH Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine. The Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the 38 cases of Zika virus are […]

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