Archives for September 2016

ALS fight

Roanoke County citizens are making a difference in the fight against ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Dozens pounded the pavement his weekend at Hollins University to raise money for research to find treatments and a cure for the disease impacting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Those who have died from ALS were also honored at the Walk to Defeat ALS on yesterday.

Danville Medical Center

The new Centra Danville Medical Center opens its doors yesterday morning. The center will have primary care, urgent care, physical therapy as well as specialty medicine. It’s the first of its type for residents of Danville. The facility employs more than 100, including 15 on-staff physicians.

Officers wearing body worn cameras

Lynchburg Police Chief Raul Diaz says six officers are now wearing body-worn cameras. Diaz says the officers working in the traffic division were fitted with the cameras earlier this month. It’s part of a gradual rollout of the equipment.

Pastor trying to stop violence

A Roanoke pastor is looking to bring the community together to stop violence. Bishop Joseph Mayo, pastor at Paradise Cathedral Community Outreach Center held a rally yesterday at Eureka Park for the 100 Fearless Men Movement. The goal is to sign men and women up to be trained to go out in the community to interrupt violence by finding out the needs in the area. Mayo says the next step is to have a meeting to educate and train people who signed up to serve the community.

Mill Mountain zoo

The Mill Mountain Zoo is losing its accreditation. A statement from the zoo says it “couldn’t overcome a 15-20 year history of tentative finances and low community support.” The Association of Zoos & Aquariums says there are no problems with the care and welfare of the zoo’s animals. The zoo will continue to operate with its USDA license.

Rahami Va connection

The investigation of the man charged with detonating bombs in New Jersey and New York has extended into the Roanoke area. The FBI and Virginia State Police searched a home in Roanoke last week, that had been rented by Ahmad Rahami’s parents and where he apparently had stayed at one time. It’s been confirmed that the gun Rahami used in the shootout with police in New Jersey was purchased at Trader Jerry’s on 4th Street in Salem. Owner Jerry Cochran says that Rahami used a Virginia ID card and a state fishing license and passed state and federal background checks.

Deputy shot

Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy was shot while responding to domestic situation at a home in southwestern Virginia. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the deputy was shot on Saturday and was flown to the hospital. The sheriff’s office says the officer sustained non-life threatening injuries. Officials say the suspect was taken into custody.

Earthquake over weekend in Louisa Co

Officials say a mild earthquake was recorded in Louisa County. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the U.S. Geological Survey says the 1.6 magnitude earthquake happened around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. It was centered west of Jackson and about 40 miles from downtown Richmond.

Natural bridge

Rockbridge County’s iconic Natural Bridge is Virginia’s 37th state park. Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated the official opening of the Natural Bridge State Park on Saturday. Natural Bridge supports Lee Highway along U.S. Route 11. The arch was once purchased by Thomas Jefferson and mentioned in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”


It’s a short game for golfers this week in Roanoke. The Professional Putters Association is holding its national tournament at the Putt Putt Fun Center on Peters Creek Road. Dozens of players are competing for 50-thousand dollars in prize money. The tournament wraps tomorrow.