Archives for November 2016

Small Business Saturday

Many people flocked to downtown Lynchburg for small business Saturday. More than a dozen businesses participated offering discounts of 20 percent and up.

Mourning Loss of Coach

Alleghany High School in Covington is mourning the loss of its girls basketball coach who was killed Sunday afternoon in a two-car accident in West Virginia. The Alleghany Sheriff’s department says Danny Keene was killed when another driver crossed into his lane crashing into his car. Keene was the coach of the Mountaineers’ girls varsity team for the past 24 years. They were scheduled to open their season at home today. However, the game has been postponed.

Salute to U.S. Marshal Carolthers

Local law enforcement lined up with flags to salute fallen U.S. Marshal Patrick Carothers as his funeral procession passed through Southwest Virginia Sunday. The procession made its way along I-81 in Roanoke County around 8 Sunday evening. Carothers was killed on the job during a manhunt in Georgia last week, and will be buried Tuesday in Page County.

Holiday Traffic

Sunday proved to be a busy travel day in Southwest Virginia with I-81 getting backed up for miles for most of the day because of accidents and heavy volume. Two car crashes Sunday afternoon in Salem and Roanoke County shut down lanes and caused vehicles to sit for nearly 20-miles. The Virginia Department of Transportation added an extra safety service patroller in the Salem Division to help with holiday travel.

Cyber Monday

Holiday shoppers are gearing up for the online deals Cyber Monday has to offer. Top internet retailer Amazon is taking today’s holiday one step further by extending the day of deals to an entire week. This morning, the company will roll out more than 75-thousand sales on products from video games to toys. Last year, Amazon shoppers purchased more than 54-million items on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Auto Theft

The Virginia State Police Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) program is urging citizens to think twice before leaving their vehicles unattended with the keys inside. There were 8,103 auto thefts in the Commonwealth in 2015, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reports that the keys or key fob had been left in 1,890 of those. Don’t take the chance, take the keys with you and shut the engine when you stop anywhere.

Weikart Body Found

Some sad news in Botetourt County this morning. Search and Rescue crews found the body of William Weikart Sunday morning. He was about 50 yards off of the Cherry Blossom Trail.
Sheriff Sprinkle wishes to thank all of those who helped in the search. Many responded as far away as Blacksburg and Richnond to assist with his office and the Boutetourt fire and EMS Career and Volunteer staff. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke will do the autopsy. There is no evidence of foul play.

Turkeys Pardoned at Tech

The turkeys Tater and Tot pardoned by President Obama are now enjoying their new home at Virginia Tech. Tot is the official bird to be pardoned by the president, who calls his brother Tater the “vice turkey.” You can see Tater and Tot at Tech’s Livestock Judging Pavilion today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and then every weekend until Christmas.

Man killed Identified

Officials have identified the man killed at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Big Island as 44-year-old Robert Dameron. Authorities say the Natural Bridge man died after he fell into a pulper machine Wednesday night. The Virginia Department of Labor is investigating the incident.


Crews are spending the Thanksgiving holiday trying to contain a wildfire that’s so far consumed at least 65-hundred acres. Officials say ten-percent of the fire on Mt. Pleasant has been contained. Firefighters spent Thanksgiving Day battling the blaze on the ground and in the air.