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Virginia ABC store cuts the ribbon in downtown Roanoke

Virginia ABC store cuts the ribbon in downtown Roanoke

The Virginia ABC store in downtown Roanoke on Campbell Avenue we told you about last week cut the ribbon today – without any City Council members present. Some Roanokers have expressed concerns about locating an ABC store in closer proximity to the area’s homeless population and others who may appear to be intoxicated downtown.  Travis Hill… ... Continue Reading
VA ranks 9th worst state for business start-ups

VA ranks 9th worst state for business start-ups

Despite Governor Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to make the state more business friendly, a recent report finds that Virginia is still among the worst states to start a business. WFIR’s Emma Thomas has that story: 01-30 VABad4Business WRAP1-WEB   The post VA ranks 9th worst state for business start-ups first appeared on News/Talk 960-AM & FM-107.3… ... Continue Reading
The Gauntlet business mentoring program is back starting next week

The Gauntlet business mentoring program is back starting next week

The Advancement Foundation’s 9th Annual GAUNTLET, Virginia’s largest business program and competition, is set to get underway on February 7th … that’s when virtual classes will begin – and there is still time to sign up. Advancement Foundation President Annette Patterson was live in studio this morning; hear the complete conversation below. You can also watch… ... Continue Reading
A good weekend for local college basketball teams

A good weekend for local college basketball teams

A good weekend for local college basketball teams the Virginia Tech men beat Syracuse; Virginia topped  Boston College, the Liberty men beat Florida Gulf Coast and the Virginia Tech women took care of UVA in a Commonwealth Clash road win: WPLY-MIN The post A good weekend for local college basketball teams first appeared on News/Talk… ... Continue Reading
26 mile trail coming in Botetourt and Craig Counties

26 mile trail coming in Botetourt and Craig Counties

Virginia’s biennial budget that was finalized in June included funds for a 26-mile long gravel surface trail that will run from New Castle in Craig County to Eagle Rock in Botetourt. Pete Eshelman is the senior director of creative strategies for the Roanoke Regional Partnership. Eshelman says the “Craig-Botetourt Scenic Trail” is largely along VDOT right-of-way and a former railroad bed. The Commonwealth Transportation Board has also authorized one million dollars for pre-construction planning. Eshelman says the scenic trail could be open in less than two years.

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(News release) A new rail trail running through Botetourt and Craig counties—the Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail is one of five priority trails identified by the General Assembly to receive support from the appropriation.

The Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail will parallel Craig Creek and run 26 miles from New Castle in Craig County to Eagle Rock in Botetourt County. It is anticipated to be a gravel trail that utilizes existing railbeds and some shared roadways.  Funding will go toward bridge repairs and preparing the trail surface; a multi-use trail for walking, running, biking, and horseback riding, that provides opportunities for residents and visitors to engage with the scenic beauty of Craig and Botetourt counties and Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

“People will be able to enjoy this unique and historical scenic trail with ease,” says Jessie Spence, chairman of Craig County Board of Supervisors. “The Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail will be an outstanding asset to Craig County, Botetourt County, and the region. It will be one of the most scenic, if not the most scenic, trails in the commonwealth.”

“The Virginia Creeper Trail, a similar trail to the proposed Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail, generates $2.3 million annually for its rural local economy when adjusted for inflation,” says Delegate Terry Austin, who was instrumental in securing funding for the Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail. “I very much look forward to how this trail will benefit the community and will open the door for more business opportunities like bike shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and lodging—all these ventures and more will be possible with the influx of trail users.”

“Craig and Botetourt counties are home to some of the most beautiful natural assets in all of Virginia, and the trail will give people the opportunity to experience it firsthand,” says Pete Eshelman, director of outdoor branding for the Roanoke Regional Partnership. “This is truly a transformational project that will have direct economic benefit for the communities while also adding to the region’s growing list of outdoor assets that make it a desirable place for businesses and talent to locate.”

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Leadership lessons author learned from her father told in new book

Leadership lessons author learned from her father told in new book

The stories in Penny Edwards Blue’s book, “A Time to Protest”: Leadership Lessons from My Father Who Survived the Segregated South for 99 Years” help shape her and her 10 siblings lives. She is hoping they will inspire a new generation to work for change by demanding respect in their daily lived. WFIR’s Denise Allen… ... Continue Reading
Virginians says keep abortion laws as is; majority support recreational marijuana sales

Virginians says keep abortion laws as is; majority support recreational marijuana sales

(from Wason Center at Christopher Newport University poll released today) A plurality of Virginians think the Commonwealth is headed in the right direction (45% to 37%), while 50% approve of the job Governor Youngkin is doing. Still, Virginians prefer that the Governor not run for president (59% to 29%). Virginians are pessimistic about the direction… ... Continue Reading
Roanoke County GOP incumbents get ready to run again

Roanoke County GOP incumbents get ready to run again

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( Courtesy of Roanoke Board of Supervisors)

Roanoke County Republicans are announcing their intentions to seek re-election. Members on the ticket will make it official on the Roanoke County Courthouse steps tomorrow. More from WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno:

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