Archives for August 2017

Bear on Campus

Freshmen are being welcomed to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, but not so welcome is the bear seen on campus. The young bear made its way around campus Tuesday without causing any damage. By the time animal control officers arrived, the furry guest had wandered away.

Woman Faces 60 yrs

A Roanoke woman could face a minimum of 60 years behind bars after pleading guilty Wednesday, to four charges of producing and distributing child pornography. Court documents show 23-year-old Shannon Marie Bebrosky abused a five-year-old child in her custody. Bebrosky faces a minimum of 15 years on each count when she’s sentenced November 27th.

Va Rescue Team Headed to Lone Star State

A swift-water rescue team from the Roanoke area is heading to Texas. The team is comprised of 19 people from Franklin and Roanoke counties and the cities of Roanoke and Salem. Members include Hazmat and medical technicians. They arrived in the staging area last night.

Dominion Energy

Electric Rates will drop today, September 1st for Dominion Energy residential customers, lowering the rates which are already well below state, regional and national averages. The reduced rate is the result of adjustments in the portion of customer rates supporting the transmission system, as well as other bill modifications approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission effective today.

Virginia Employment Commission Closed Monday

The Virginia Employment Commission will be closed this Monday, in observance for Labor Day. They will reopen Tuesday morning at 8:30am.

Clifton Forge Library

In observance of Labor Day, the Clifton Forge Public Library will be closed on Monday September 4th. The library will reopen at 10 am Tuesday, September 5th.

George Washington Campsite

The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service is immediately waiving fees and making all campgrounds available for individuals displaced by the recent flooding in Texas and other states. Like several areas along the Gulf Coast, many National Forests were impacted by the recent storm. Some of the region’s campgrounds are closed due to the flooding.
Please call ahead or check websites to determine what is open and available. Also, individuals requesting campsites need to check in with campground hosts at each site. For more information the campgrounds at George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, please call (540) 265-5100.

McAuliffe Sending Help to Texas

Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Virginia is sending seven helicopters and 40 members of the Virginia National Guard to Texas to help with the response to Hurricane Harvey. McAuliffe said on WTOP-FM Wednesday that the personnel and equipment would be leaving this morning.

DSLCC offering Free Courses

This is great news for those of you who are attending Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. According to The Virginian Review, they are offering tuition free courses for in demand programs in both Allied Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing. It will all be federally funded through a tristate grant called America’s Promise. Lots of programs are available at DSLCC, including Phlebotomy, EMS, Electrical and Instrumentation Techinican, Pharmacy Tech, and Medical building, to name a few. For more information contact Shasta Robertson at 863-2852.

Blood Donors Needed

Blood donors across Virginia and throughout the entire U.S. are being asked to give blood as soon as possible over the next several days to help ensure patient blood needs can continue to be met despite the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
In the wake of the storm, many blood drives have been cancelled and donor centers closed in the affected areas. With more sustained rain forecasted, these cancellations and closures are likely to rise. Virginia Blood Services urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to visit www.vablood.org or call (800) 989-4438 to schedule an appointment.