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Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg names Citizen of the Year

The Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg presented its 2019 Citizen of the Year Award to Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Niles at their meeting on April 8. This award is “to honor an individual whose voluntary acts and services have made the Christiansburg-Blacksburg area a better place in which to live,” sa


Remaining charge dropped against former Blacksburg massage therapist

CHRISTIANSBURG — The remaining charge against former Blacksburg massage therapist William Eric Eberhardt was dropped Monday, more than two years after he was accused of groping two clients and a month after a jury acquitted him in one of the trials he faced.


Montgomery County supervisors grant payment extension for old Blacksburg High School site

CHRISTIANSBURG — The current owners of the old Blacksburg High School site have been granted another five months to make their latest $1 million payment on the property. The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, on a 5-0 vote Monday night, approved a change to an agreement on the 36-acre property,


Campus road reroute plan draws dozens in Blacksburg

BLACKSBURG, Va (WDBJ7) Twice a day, grad student Hannah Cornell's commute crosses Duck Pond Drive. "It's a little bit dangerous," she said. Cornell points to the lack of a sidewalk along the much of the road, and the high volume of traffic; all of it adding up, she says, to problems for pedestrians


Home-based lodging permits to be required

Do you manage an Airbnb, VRBO or other home-based lodging option out of your residence? Beginning July 1, 2019, the Town of Christiansburg will require residents to obtain an annual permit with the Town to be a homestay host and to register with the finance department to collect and remit the applic


Virginia DMV wants drivers to get 'REAL ID'

(WRIC)-- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles wants drivers to switch over to the REAL ID. By October 2020, you must have a REAL ID in order to board a domestic flight or access federal facilities such as military bases. It will also meet federal requirements.


Chesapeake native Kyle Butler propels Radford to winning weekend

RADFORD, Va. – It was a weekend to remember for Radford second baseman Kyle Butler. The Chesapeake native hit .611 (11-for-18) in four games, helping lead the Highlanders to a 3-and-1 week.


GiveBigNRV encourages donations to fight hunger

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) - One in five children experience hunger in the New River Valley. Out of St. Michaels' church in Blacksburg, Micah's Backpack provides food assistance to low-income families.


Floyd County to become the most connected rural community in Virginia, state leaders say

FLOYD — The average farmer in one of Southwest Virginia’s most rural, one-stoplight counties will soon have faster internet service than most people living in downtown Roanoke or Washington, D.C.


Virginia State Police looking for missing elderly man

LOUDON COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Virginia State Police need your help locating a missing elderly man. Police say Albert Vandegriek, 87, of Sterling, Va. was last seen April 22 around 2 p.m. at Providence Village Drive in Sterling. He was driving a white 2004 Subaru station wagon with VA plates ZJ-2363.


Virginia police officer saves choking infant at Chick-fil-A. 'He knew what he had to do and he did it.'

Ashlee Hubbard and her fiance knew her 7-month-old daughter, Ava, was in serious danger when her face started turning red and then blue while she was gasping for air. Frantic, Hubbard said her first reaction was to try and remove whatever was lodged in her baby's throat.


Virginia taxpayers will get money back from the state in October

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- It's been a busy year for David Kembel Tax Services in Roanoke. Kembel just opened a second location in Salem and said it's been non-stop this tax season.


15 tornadoes touched down in Virginia during outbreak on Good Friday

RICHMOND, Va. -- Four additional tornadoes were confirmed Monday by the National Weather Service (NWS), bring the total in Virginia to 15 on Good Friday, April 19. The 15 tornadoes rank as the 3rd most on any single day in Virginia recorded history and the second most for a non-tropical event.


Racist video prompts calls for Virginia legislative hopeful to quit

A political newcomer seeking to oust Del. Luke Torian in Virginia’s June 11 Democratic primary is facing calls to end his candidacy over a racist video he posted to Facebook last fall.


Body Found In Burned Virginia Apartment Building

Authorities in Virginia say one person was found dead in a Centerville apartment building that was damaged in an overnight fire. Ken Molestina reports.


Virginia State Police searching for suspect in interstate hit-and-run

RICHMOND, Va (AP) - Virginia State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect in a hit-and-run incident on Interstate 95 in Henrico County. Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday north of Parham Road.


Hemp production takes root in Surry

Hemp can be grown for use in food and manufactured goods such as textiles, paper and building materials. North Carolina farmers also are producing the crop for its floral parts, which have been linked to health benefits. - DOBSON — Although no one is ready at this point to proclaim it the next big c


Military father drives from Georgia to Virginia to surprise daughter at dance

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Talk about dedication after a military father stationed in Georgia drove to Virginia to surprise his daughter at her elementary school’s Daddy Daughter Dance.


Virginia Tech's new coach gets first high school player commitment

While Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Mike Young has been busy recruiting players on the Hokies’ roster to keep them in Blacksburg, point guard Hunter Cattoor became Young’s first commitment as a high school recruit.


Virginia State Police investigating deadly crash

ORANGE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash in Orange County. Police said the crash happened at 11:45 a.m. on Ponderosa Drive on Monday. Troopers said Lester M. Steenberg, 71, of Barboursville, was driving a 2013 Can-Am Spyder northbound when it ran off the righ