Two people are safe after being rescued off McAfee Knob in Roanoke County. Rescue crews were dispatched twice to the area Tuesday. The first was for a man who hurt his knee while hiking. He was carried off the trail and treated for his injury. The second was for a lost hiker and crews were able to locate where he was and escort him to the parking area.
The state is agreeing to spend more than 64-million dollars on safety improvements to U.S. 220 in Botetourt County. The improvements announced Wednesday come after an increasing number of crashes in the area. Improvements will include rumple strips in the center lane and shoulders of the road along with additional turn lanes in some areas. Work is expected to begin in 2018 and finish in 2021.
More people are traveling through the gates of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. The airport saw a more than four-percent increase in departing passengers in March over the same month a year ago. More than 50-thousand people used the airport in March, the highest since March 2012.
The NCAA Division Three National Football Championship is leaving Salem and moving to Texas in 2018. The game known as the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl has been at Salem Stadium since 1993. The NCAA also announced that the Men’s Division Three Basketball and Women’s Division Two Softball will be played elsewhere after the spring of next year.
Graffiti is normally seen as an urban problem, but authorities say they’re seeing an increase along the rural Blue Ridge Parkway. Ridge District Ranger for the Blue Ridge Parkway Kurt Speers says it’s more than just tagging on signs. Speers says, “On rocks, on overpasses, underpasses, anywhere that there’s a surface, we’ve found this stuff.” Speers says one person was caught after bragging about it on Facebook and it was reported to the Park Service.
Well, this is pretty exciting! Lexington is home to the Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University, and is in the top ten of best small towns in the south. WSLS TV reports that USA Today is doing an online contest and Lexington is currently in 9th. The small towns were picked by editors and local travelers based on their beauty and culture, and entertainment and places to stay. It’s also the only town in the top 10 from the Commonwealth. Voting ends April 24th.
Roanoke City Council is rejecting the rezoning of a controversial site along Brandon Avenue for new apartments. The plan called for 54 apartments in four buildings, but residents at last night’s public hearing opposed the plan citing traffic issues. Since the proposed rezoning failed to pass council the property will remain zoned for single family housing.
Roanoke Police are looking for a couple of suspects who are robbing apartment complex drop boxes. Authorities say the thieves have hit 13 locations in the city, county and Salem since April 1st. The thieves have made off with checks and money orders on the days the office at each complex is closed.
The Goshen Pass wildfire is 95-percent contained after yesterday’s rainy weather helped firefighters. The fire has consumed nearly three-thousand acres since it started April 10th. Authorities suspect arson is the cause. Route 39 remains open through the area
It is looking like Amtrak Service under President Trump’s proposed budget, will threaten passenger rail service to Clifton Forge and White Sulphur Springs. According to The Virginian Review, Trump’s preliminary 2018 budget calls for a 13 percent cut in federal funding for transportation. We won’t know the full budget until sometime next month. Amtrak is partially funded by the government, but is operated as a for profit corporation, and managed that way too. The Cardinal line, serves Clifton Forge, and it’s a long distance passenger train that runs three times a week between Penn Station in New York and Chidago’s Union Station.