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VMT Announces Triumphant Return of J 611 Steam Locomotive

VMT Announces Triumphant Return of J 611 Steam Locomotive

For nearly 20 years she’s sat silent, but on Saturday, May 30, the Norfolk & Western Class J 611™ Steam Passenger Locomotive, the most powerful steam passenger locomotive ever built, will triumphantly return to her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia under her own steam power. It’s a dream come true for thousands around the world. “Once […]

Virginia Makes 10,000th DNA Data Bank Hit

Virginia Makes 10,000th DNA Data Bank Hit

The State of Virginia has announced that the Virginia Department of Forensic Science achieved its 10,000th data bank hit last month, the latest milestone in Virginia’s continuing history as a national leader in the use of this crime-fighting tool. The 10,000th cold hit is related to a case involving a sexual assault in Northern Virginia […]

New Event Venue, Concert Stage Named Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges

New Event Venue, Concert Stage Named Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges

Venue to open May 9 with schedule of concerts, events River Rock Entertainment, a Sponsor Hounds company, today announced that the new entertainment and event venue taking shape at The Bridges will be named Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges. Country singer Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annies will be the first performer to appear at […]

State Pulls Plug on ‘Risky’ WinVote Machines

State Pulls Plug on ‘Risky’ WinVote Machines

A new report that killed a widely used touch-screen voting system Tuesday is sure to spur questions about past election results tabulated in Virginia. The State Board of Elections scrapped WinVote after election commissioner Edgardo Cortes called the devices’ continued use “an unacceptable risk.” Botetourt and Roanoke counties both have primaries in June and are the […]

Kiwanis Name All-Star Basketball Teams, Unsung Heroes

Kiwanis Name All-Star Basketball Teams, Unsung Heroes

The premiere high school basketball awards banquet put an explanation point on the 2014-15 season Sunday night at the Salem Civic Center. The 47th annual Kiwanis Roanoke Metro Basketball Awards Banquet handed out the hardware to 13 area girls and boys teams. Named were the 2015 all-star teams, player of the year, coach of the […]

Roanoke County Sheriff Charlie Poff Kicks Off Election Campaign

Roanoke County Sheriff Charlie Poff Kicks Off Election Campaign

Roanoke County Sheriff Charlie Poff kicked off his election campaign this week with an announcement before more than 100 supporters. A Roanoke County native with more than 38 years in law enforcement, Sheriff Poff was appointed last year when his predecessor, Sheriff Mike Winston, retired in November. Sheriff Poff is running for a full term. […]

Golden Apple Award Goes to Horn Elementary Science Teacher

Golden Apple Award Goes to Horn Elementary Science Teacher

If you were to look for the “picture of teaching excellence,” you would find it in Herman L. Horn Elementary School fourth and fifth grade science teacher Betsey Miles. The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation completely agrees and this is why the Foundation has awarded the 2015 Golden Apple Award to Betsey Miles. The […]

VMT Files for Class J 611 Locomotive Trademark

VMT Files for Class J 611 Locomotive Trademark

The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc., the official transportation museum for the Commonwealth of Virginia, today announced the filing of its initial application with the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) (www.uspto.gov). If the Virginia Museum of Transportation’s application is successful and a trademark registration is awarded by the USPTO, a legal presumption is […]

Rescue Mission Readies for Manna with High Praise for Volunteers

Rescue Mission Readies for Manna with High Praise for Volunteers

More than 300 people have registered so far for food boxes at Manna Mission Ministry that begins this Saturday at the Rescue Mission.  The ministry, formerly known as Manna Ministries, is moving to the Mission from its current location in Vinton. Mission staff has been registering eligible recipients all month.  One of the registrars, Carolyn Word […]

VA Becomes 11th State to Allow “Right To Try” for Terminally Ill

VA Becomes 11th State to Allow “Right To Try” for Terminally Ill

Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed the Virginia “Right To Try” Act into law. The Virginia House and Senate passed the bill in February with unanimous bipartisan support. This makes Virginia the 11th state in the country to adopt Right To Try, and the third this week. The bill was sponsored by state Delegate Margaret Ransone. […]



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