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ROCKY MOUNT — The eradication of dangerous low-head dams in Rocky Mount is marching forward, with crews in town to remove the dam on the Pigg River next to Veterans’ Memorial Park. Since two people died near a low-head dam on the Blackwater River within two months in the summer of 2009, the town has sought to modify or remove this type of dam, according to Matt Hankins, Rocky Mount’s assistant town manager and community development director. The smaller form of obstruction in a river, which allows water to flow over its top, creates a hydraulic effect at the bottom that can trap people who go under the water. Contractors began work last week to remove the dam near South Main Street in Rocky Mount. While the town has simply placed large rocks over the other low-head dams, eliminating the danger to boaters, the dam near Veterans’ Memorial Park also has been causing problems for another population. Federal officials have gotten involved in this project, shouldering most of the cost, as part of an effort to save the Roanoke logperch, an endangered species of fish native to the Roanoke River watershed. The U.S.
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More musical instruments will soon be in the hands of Roanoke’s elementary school students. The VH1 Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit that works to preserve music education by putting musical instruments in schools, plans to expand its presence in Roanoke next year to all of the city’s elementary schools. Currently in a dozen elementary schools, the group first partnered with Roanoke in 2009 and since then has donated instruments and materials valued at $350,000 to the division. Next year the program will spread to Highland Park, Monterey, Round Hill, Virginia Heights and Wasena elementary schools with the foundation bringing $150,000 of instruments to the schools.
For the first time in at least 14 years, the president of Virginia Tech has an employment contract. Timothy Sands, provost of Purdue University, was named the next Tech president on Friday by a unanimous vote of the board of visitors. His employment will run from June 2014 to May 2019, according to Sands’ contract, released by Tech spokesman Larry Hincker on Monday. Sands’ annual compensation will be worth $700,000,
For a long time I’ve pilloried The Roanoke Tea Party for the bizarre beliefs its members often espouse. But the fact is, the ultraconservative group is not nearly the most dysfunctional political organization in our valley. For years, that title has unquestionably belonged to the Roanoke County Democratic Committee. Say what you want about the tea party, but at least its members aren’t suing each other, or calling the cops
Freeda Cathcart, a two-time Democratic House of Delegates candidate, said Monday she will run for the Roanoke City Council. Cathcart will seek a nomination in the Roanoke Democratic Committee’s March 4 primary, she said. Three council seats are up for election May 6 — those currently held by Democrats Ray Ferris, Bill Bestpitch and David Trinkle. Ferris and Bestpitch have said they will seek re-election. Trinkle, who just lost a
A fire broke out in an elevator shaft of a Radford University dormitory this afternoon, but school officials said the blaze was quickly contained and no one was injured. Crews responded about 3:20 p.m. to Muse Hall, according to spokesman Joe Carpenter. “They isolated it and were able to extinguish the fire,” Carpenter said. “It was in the east wing.” The entire building was evacuated, which amounted to 869 students,
A Christiansburg man faces child pornography charges after a search of a home on Ellett Drive. While searching the home on Dec. 4, investigators also found what they believed to be a small indoor marijuana growing operation, according to a Christiansburg police news release. Michael John Campisini, 45, was arrested and charged with knowingly possessing child pornography, distribution of child pornography and marijuana manufacturing and distribution. Campisini was being held
The human remains found last week in Franklin County belong to the sometime boyfriend of a woman whose October death was ruled a homicide, officials said Monday. The remains of Ricky Eugene Dodson, 54, of Bassett were discovered Thursday, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Citing an ongoing investigation, officials have not released many details about the situation, including the cause of Dodson’s death and the specific location were
Radford police have arrested three people in connection with the early Monday morning shooting of a man in an East Main Street apartment. Kevin Dale Scott Sheppard, 21, Clinton Wade Dillon, 25, and Tonio Donavalle Belcher-Wade, 19, all of Radford, face charges including aggravated malicious wounding, burglary and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, according to a police news release sent Monday night. Dillon faces an additional charge
Two men have been arrested in the death last week of a 71-year-old Selma man. Dustin Thomas McLear and Casey Gillispie, both 21 and both from Covington, have been charged with second-degree murder following the fatal shooting last week of Joe Ray Rumfelt, according to Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall. Rumfelt’s body was discovered Tuesday night in the living room of his home in the 1400 block of Donovan Street.
A Christiansburg woman faces numerous drug charges after police responded to a call that she was passed out in her car at a convenience store on Roanoke Street. Christiansburg police officers responded to the call at the Shell Station in the 2300 block of Roanoke Street at 3:14 a.m. Monday. Upon search of the vehicle, items that appeared to be consistent with manufacturing of methamphetamine were located, according to a release
Steve White has played with one band or another for the 20 years he's lived in Roanoke. Anytime he's asked to play a benefit, White's there. That's one of the reasons event organizer Willow Rosenblatt wanted to stage a benefit concert for White's family once she learned his stepdaughter, five grandchildren and great-grandchild were burned out of their home on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. That and the fact Rosenblatt knows
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Appalachian Power Co. has reported several thousand Western Virginia customers without power this morning, the largest clusters in Martinsville (3,000) and Woodlawn (1,000). Spokeswoman Teresa Hamilton Hall reported an uptick in power outage calls, owing to customers waking up to discover their power was out, in most cases because of felled trees by the ice storm. Other clusters affected by the storm are in Christiansburg and Rocky Mount, she said.
RICHMOND — A three-judge recount court is scheduled to convene for the first time in the nearly deadlocked race for Virginia attorney general. The court is set to meet in Richmond today to act on motions filed by Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain, who trails in the race by 165 votes. The judges are also expected to establish the ground rules for the recount. Starting with Fairfax County
Botetourt Planning Commission Regular meeting When: 6 p.m. Monday Where: 5 W. Main St., Meeting Room 102, Fincastle Salem City Council Regular meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, work session; 7:30 p.m., regular meeting Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 114 N. Broad St., Salem On the agenda: Public hearing and consideration of resolution authorizing issuance of $7.25 million in general obligation bonds; presentation regarding Comprehensive Financial Report for fiscal year ending
1988 (25 years ago) "The chairman of Center in the Square is a little bit amazed that it's ready to expand just five years after opening its doors." " 'O. Henry's Christmas Carol,' Mill Mountain Theatre's holiday offering and opening play of its 25th season, is a true event. Milton Granger, associate professor of music at Hollins College ... wrote the lyrics, book and music. The result is a considerable
Q. With the holidays here, a steady stream of family and friends will be visiting us here in the Star City. We've taken them to the [Mill Mountain] Star and all the other familiar places countless times now. Can you give us some off-the-beaten-path sites and activities for these holiday visitors? Andy Angiano, Roanoke A. What a well-timed question. As many of us prepare for an onslaught of friends and
By the time Jesse Freedman joined one of Roanoke County’s volunteer environmental committees, the ideas were already in motion. With only a year and a half of participation under his belt, Freedman is now preparing to take over as chairman of RCCLEAR, a county-sponsored program that aims to reduce carbon emissions across the locality. He appeared alongside county General Services Director Anne Marie Green at a November meeting, in which
Five local school systems have joined nearly 60 others across the state calling for a dramatic overhaul of the state’s aging system of standardized tests that measure learning. Since 1997 Virginia students have taken Standards of Learning assessments, which are used to hold school systems accountable and gauge student achievement. While the curricula and tests have seen revisions over the years, what’s been missing, some say, is large, systemic change.
UPDATE: Appalachian Power working to restore power to thousands As dawn greets the day, temperatures will rise and whatever weather event the Roanoke and New River valleys encountered Sunday will be over. "Perhaps it's not quite as bad as we anticipated. But it's not over yet," Robert Beasley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, said Sunday evening. The threat of an ice storm kept people mostly at
Jim — who asked that his name not be used for this story — has survived at least 20 heart attacks over the past 20 years. At 69, his life is hard — he barely makes a living off of his and his wife’s retirement checks and a reverse mortgage. And yet, when he talks about his troubles, the cheerful expression in his eyes and the soft smile that plays
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