Archives for March 2017

Deadly Motorcycle Crash

Roanoke police are investigating a deadly motorcycle crash. Authorities say the accident happened around 6 o’clock last evening in the 53-hundred block of Aviation Drive. The identity of the operator of the motorcycle has not been released pending notification of family.

Layoffs at FreighCar

FreightCar America is announcing that previously announced layoffs will start next month and additional layoffs will come in May. Roanoke mayor Sherman Lea learned of the latest developments in a letter and say the first 166 layoffs will happen April 24th. He says another 198 layoffs will happen in May and production operations will come to a halt in mid-June. When first announced in February the company said a decline of orders for new rail cars is the reason for the cutbacks.

Green Thumb

If you need some help in the garden, free your calender for this Tuesday, April 4th! The Green Thumb Series will being at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library in the John Rice Community Room at 6:30 PM. Patricia Hartman will be speaking about “24 Ways to Kill a Tree”. It is free to attend.

Celebration of Arts

The First-Ever Celebration of Arts was a huge success on Saturday. The Virginian Review reports that over 200 students in the Alleghany, Bath and Covington Counties city school systems all displayed their talents last Saturday. It was held at the Historic Masonic Theatre. It turned out to be a great success!

Freight America

Some sad news from FreightCar America. The company will halt production at its Roanoke plant sometime in June, according to Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea. Lea said they really hoped business would turn around so they wouldn’t have to lay off so many folks.


NASCAR fans are getting a head start on the upcoming race weekend. People have been pulling into the campgrounds at Martinsville Speedway for the weekend’s race. It’s expected that most of the spaces will be filled by tonight. The race is Sunday.

George Bush Special Guest

Former President George W. Bush is set to be a special guest at a fundraiser for Virginia Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie. The Roanoke Times reports that wealthy businessmen will host Gillespie at a Dallas fundraiser Wednesday, with Bush as a guest.

Workshop at Clifton Forge Campus

There will be an three free workshops in April and May for anyone needing help in trying to find a job. The Virginian Review reports Dabney S Lancaster Community College will be hosting the event. The adult career coach, Samantha Grey will be the facilitator for the workshop, that will happen from 6-7:30 pm in Room 513, McCarthy Hall, on the DSLCC Clifton Forge Campus. The worshop will cover skills for doing cover letters and resumes and what employers are looking for in a potential employee.

Flying into Airport

It’s getting harder to fly in and out of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. That’s because of the increasing number of passengers filling available seats. Airport officials say passenger traffic at the facility is growing at a rate of about five-percent each month. In the meantime, officials continue to work with airlines to offer more flight options, add flights and use larger aircraft to handle the increasing number of passengers.

Man points gun at Officers

A Roanoke man is facing charges after pointing a gun at police officers. Police say they went to an apartment on Empress Drive Northwest around 1 o’clock Sunday morning on a report of a man being seen carrying a gun. After knocking authorities say 19-year-old Carlos Inez Sifuentes-Wiseman answered the door holding a gun and was arrested. Police seized another gun and marijuana. They also found a runaway girl in the apartment and she’s been returned to her family.