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Sheriff: 2 men arrested, charged in Franklin Co. drug bust

FRANKLIN Co., Va. (WSET) -- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men in connection with illegal distribution of drugs. They said the incident happened in the 3000-block of Retreat Road.


Churches across the country out thousands after Rocky Mount furniture store closes

ROCKY MOUNT - Churches across the country are waiting on tens of thousands of dollars worth of refunds they fear may never happen. The Church Furniture Store in Rocky Mount closed unexpectedly last week, leaving orders unfilled and congregations out of money.


Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell pushes for racial reconciliation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is leading a group trying to promote racial harmony as Virginia commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of enslaved Africans in the state.


Standouts include MLK Jr. celebrations, Virginia Craft Spirits Roadshow

The Roanoke Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference hosts its annual banquet, with guest speaker Ramona Leigh Taylor, founder of Caring Field Films, as well as assistant attorney general in Richmond, legal counsel for Virginia State University and board president of the Oliver White


Roanoke woman sentenced to 48 years for fatal Family Dollar shooting

ROANOKE, Va. - Calling it a cold, calculated, premeditated murder, a judge sentenced Kimberly Gollop to 48 years in prison Thursday for fatally shooting another woman and wounding a former boyfriend in 2017.


Former Town Manager Elton Daniels to Lead Rocky Mount’s Parks and Recreation

City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney has announced the appointment of Elton Daniels as Rocky Mount’s director of Parks and Recreation. Daniels has extensive experience in local government administration, most recently serving as the town manager for Selma, North Carolina. During his tenure there, Danie


Students unveil local history project as Franklin County rolls out moonshine heritage tourism initiative

ROCKY MOUNT — If not for Prohibition, perhaps Franklin County would never have claimed its unofficial title as moonshine capital of the world. For that reason, the ratification of the 18th Amendment exactly 100 years ago on Jan. 16, 1919 — an occasion surely mourned by the liquor lovers of the time


Family of Virginia mom killed after Snapchat post pleads for change in driving law

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) - A family pleading for change visited the Virginia State Capitol Wednesday, holding a photograph of Lakin Ashlyn Gabel that was uploaded to Snapchat in 2017.


Man accused of murder at Roanoke motel waives right to speedy trial

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A man accused of murdering another man at the Starlite Motel in Roanoke City appeared before a judge on Thursday. Timothy Mwandi Church waived his right to a speedy trial.


Massive blizzard impacting California mountains, Up to 100 inches of snow possible

ROANOKE, Va. - A large storm is coming ashore on the California coast and it's bringing flooding rains and heavy mountain snow. Above 5,000 feet, the snow is being measured in feet. Multiple feet.


Virginia Family Terrified After Mysterious Double Homicide

A Virginia mother and daughter are terrified a killer or killers could be looking for them after a father and son were killed in a Fauquier County home in November. “My husband a very good guy, and he worked so hard for my family,” My Nguyen said. “And my son, he very good boy. I don’t know what hap


Franklin County seeing low number of flu cases so far

Across the nation, the flu season is off to a slow start and Franklin County is thankfully in line with that trend, report local health officials. Sharon Ortiz-Garcia, District Epidemiologist for the Virginia Department of Health’s West Piedmont Health District, said the counties of Franklin, Henry


New LOVE artwork unveiled in Franklin County

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR News) - A new LOVE artwork sign was unveiled in Franklin County Wednesday afternoon. Students, local businesses, and community leaders, agencies and organization, Virginia tourism officials and more gathered for the ceremony.


Roanoke's treasurer cracks down on delinquent meals tax

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Roanoke officials say local restaurants owe the city nearly $300,000 in unpaid taxes. It comes from the money you pay when you go out to eat. The Roanoker has been in business for a long time.


Weed legalization, decriminalization bills for Virginia die in committee

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) -- A local delegate's push to legalize marijuana for recreational use was shot down, as well as several other major bills aimed at decriminalizing or legalizing the drug, before they even reached the full General Assembly again this year.


NC WFO ROANOKE Warnings, Watches, and Advisories

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE. ...A wintry mix beginning this afternoon... .An upper level disturbance over the Tennessee and Lower Ohio. Valley will move east today, passing through the Mid-Atlantic.


Virginia lawmakers will consider expanding protections for pet owners

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia lawmakers will consider expanding protections for pet owners and animals. A Virginia Senate committee will hear legislation Thursday by Attorney General Mark Herring.


Downtown Roanoke will have a new arcade

ROANOKE, Va. - Downtown Roanoke will soon have a new attraction. The Roanoke STARCADE will have classic and new arcade systems and activities for gaming and competition. The STARCADE will be on the second floor of Center in the Square near the Roanoke Pinball Museum.


Boones Mill family plans to rebuild after fire destroys home

BOONES MILL, Va. - A local family is using the power of love to move forward in the face of devastation. The Sheets family in Franklin County escaped the flames that leveled their home last week.


Northside senior named debutante queen

Danielle Davoll, one of five high school seniors participating in the Altruist Club’s 65th Debutante Ball on Dec. 28, was crowned the 2018 queen. Three Northside High and two William Fleming High girls made their debuts at the ball, which funds scholarships given by the Altruist Club.