Farmers’ Markets Big Role In VA Economy

With Virginia Farmers’ Market Week running through August 12th, the economic contribution agriculture makes to the commonwealth is huge, according to an impact study. The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia says ag has an impact of $70 billion annually and provides more than 334,000 jobs in the Commonwealth. Virginia has nearly 250 farmers’ markets today, with 3,500 farmers selling directly to the public. There were 88 in 2006.

Search for Roberts CALLED OFF

William Roberts search has been called off by authorities. Botetourt County Sheriff R.N. Sprinkle said they will continue to look for him, but have stopped the ground search in Botetourt County. The fugitive, Roberts, is a former U.S. Marine wanted in Colorado for a felony traffic assault that left a woman in a coma. He was last seen in a stolen Ford F 150 heading south on Route 220. According to WSLS TV, his father has said that his son suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder.

Car that Crashed into Home

Roanoke Police are investigating a car that crashed into a home. The accident happened around 5:40 Tuesday afternoon when the car left the Family Dollar in the 17-hundred block of Melrose Avenue Northwest, accelerated and crashed into the home. The brother of the driver tells WDBJ-TV that his sister, who was behind the wheel, has diabetes and she might have blacked out. The woman’s condition has not been released.

Police Looking for Martin

Police are looking for the man who tied up an elderly man, ransacked his apartment and set it on fire. Chad Corby saw 70-year old Clarence Kakert bound on his porch in the 28-hundred block of Colonial Avenue Southwest around 2:00 Tuesday morning and ran to his aid and called 911. Roanoke authorities say they’re looking for 20-year old Omar Romance-Lomax Martin for the incident.

Man Wanted for Abduction is Dead

The man wanted for an abduction, assault and rape is dead. Police say they found the body of 33-year old Curtis Lamont Dammones inside a home in the 15-hundred block of Fillmore Street in Lynchburg Tuesday. Police say it appears that Dammones suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body has been sent to the medical examiner.

Gas Pipeline

Proponents and opponents of a natural gas pipeline are speaking out. The Department of Environmental Quality got an earful at last night’s public hearing at Radford University. About 170 people signed up to speak, but because of time they only got to hear as many as 98. Many opponents were outside the building singing and holding signs, while many of those in favor of the pipeline were inside speaking.

Study: Virginia Kids Fare Better Than Most On Health, Education, Welfare

In terms of health, education and welfare, kids in Virginia fare better than most others nationwide, according to a new survey from Wallethub. The survey took a look at things like quality of education and health care, whether kids feel love and support and whether they have access to food regularly. Virginia finished 43rd out of 51 states, number onen marking where kids are most underprivileged. That distinction went to Mississippi followed by DC. Kids in New Hampshire fared best in the study.

Alleghany Foundation Board

Susan W. Rollinson, Ph. D, and David E. Crandall, D.O., have been named to the Alleghany Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Michele Ballou, president of the Board of Directors said that “It is always hard to see a transition with someone rotating off who has given as much as Jim Eller, and it also Important to create Opportunities for the board to develop further with new members and a different perspective.” Dr Crandall resides in Clifton Forge with his wife Henrietta. He is an avid cyclist and a musician who performs frequently at local venues. Dr Rollinson, and her husband, Lon, have three adult children. Her interests include music, photography, hiking and cycling.

Bring It Home

Awesome news for the Bath Community Hospital’s “Bring It Home” campaign- they have exceeded their goal! The Virginian Review reports that the campaign committee raised 4.25 million. Their goal was 4.2 million dollars. The Bring It Home Campaign was chaired by George Phillips and Henley Carter. It was really a group effort, and all of those who gave their time and monetary donations to make it happen. Much thanks to everyone who helped with the “Bring It Home” Campaign.

New City Manager in Roanoke

Roanoke’s next city manager is coming from the Lone Star State. City Council voted to hire Bob Cowell who is the Deputy City Manager in Amarillo. Council says Cowell impressed them with his experience and credentials as well as his research on Roanoke and the problems the city faces.