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Justin McLeod and Reporter | June 30, 2011
For the first time in five years, there will be fireworks on July 4th at the Salem Fair. The Salem Fair had to stop doing fireworks after an office complex opened across the street from the Salem Civic Center.  They couldn't be done anymore because of safety reasons. City leaders kept getting complaints there were no longer fireworks.  City Council has decided to stage a fireworks show near the Salem Fair.   This is something that our Council members have wanted to do for our citizens for several years, says City Manager Kevin Boggess.
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Heather Butterworth and Digital Intern | July 4, 2012
Sunday, July 1 Bedford County: Moneta FireWORX Fest Where: Downtown Moneta (Rt. 122 and White House Road) When: Gate opens at 5:30 p.m.; music by The WORX Band starts at 6 p.m.; fireworks start at about 10 p.m. Cost: $5 a person; children 10 and under are free; free parking. Proceeds benefit the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department. What: Music, food, arts and crafts vendors For more information, click here.
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | May 18, 2012
WDBJ7 has learned that Roanoke's July 4th celebration is in real danger of being canceled this year. It's been a tradition in Roanoke since 1976. For many years, Music for Americans took place at Victory Stadium before moving over the River's Edge Sports Complex seven years ago. The celebration includes a concert, children's games, followed by fireworks.  It usually attracts between 25,000 and 30,000 people. The Roanoke Times has sponsored the event since its inception.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
PART 2 It's something no one has seen in a generation; the old bridge that crossed the Roanoke River, before the river became part of Smith Mountain Lake. But it's getting bleak on the surface of Smith Mountain Lake. The team from the lake's Marine Fire and Rescue has searched for nearly two hours for the old Halesford bridge. “Look, we know it's laying this way,” says chief Jack Gautier, motioning with his hands where he think the bridge lies. “But we don't know if were on top of it or if it's [on the north or south side of marker buoys.]
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Justin McLeod and WDBJ7 Reporter | July 12, 2012
An ex-porn star is starting her life over on a local rescue squad. It's generating plenty of controversy, but county leaders aren't happy about it and can't do much about it. Harmony Rose is a volunteer at the Cave Spring Rescue Squad. The 29-year-old apparently left the porn industry within the last two years and is now an EMT with the Cave Spring Rescue Squad. A source tells WDBJ7 she passed a criminal background check and has been working at the squad for the last several months.
HEALTH
Rod Belcher | August 24, 2012
Dr. Burton agrees that cost issues are a major difference between ER treatment and urgent care options. “There is a substantial price difference, but it depends upon the medical problem and what level of treatment is required before you can make that comparison,” Dr. Burton says. “In general, urgent care charges are less. The ER is equipped to handle much more complicated, costly interventions.” There are other reasons visiting an emergency room for a relatively minor situation may cost you significantly more than visiting your primary care physician or an urgent care facility.
BUSINESS
Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | July 1, 2011
You can be fined a couple hundred bucks and worse, face a six month jail sentence.  Even so, selling illegal fireworks continue to be the business of choice for some in Virginia.  Those who work to sniff it out say without whistle-blowers it's almost impossible. For fire inspectors, the two weeks leading up to July 4th are almost like the 12 days of Christmas.  Inspectors never really know where to start, but every now and then they uncover the gift that keeps on giving. "Let's face it, people go to Myrtle Beach, they go to Tennessee and a lot of things that are illegal in Virginia are legal in South Carolina," says Bennie Russell, Franklin County's Fire Marshal.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 16, 2012
Three Blacksburg men have been on methamphetamine charges in the McCoy part of Montgomery County. Timothy William Comer and David Graham, both 47, and 27-year-old Timothy Rader have all been arrested following a search warrant served Tuesday at 1673 Duluth Road. All three are being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond. Here is the news release from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office: Investigators from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 1673 Duluth Road in the McCoy area of Montgomery County.  Three arrests were made as a result of the investigation.
NEWS
May 18, 2010
UPDATED: Wednesday, 5:30p.m. How far is too far to go to make an arrest? It's a question many of you have asked News7 since Tuesday night when we told you about an undercover sting operation in Salem. A woman was arrested last week for prostitution at the "K-nail and hair salon" on West Main street. According to a search warrant - a sworn court document - the woman removed the uncover officer's underwear and started to perform a sex act on him before she was arrested.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | October 18, 2012
One day in the late 1970's two young girls vanished from school. No sightings, few leads,they're just gone. It's one of the oldest cold cases in the Roanoke Police files. They think they have their man and they believe the girls were murdered. The prime suspect was a convicted killer, but he took any clues to his execution. Those clues might just be buried in rural Bedford County. ***************** "I've come up with a hypothesis of my own," claims Linda Owens. She says a small parcel of land in Bedford County holds the bodies of her kid sister and one of her friends.
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Tim Saunders and Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 4, 2012
Wesley Earnest will get a new trial.  The former school teacher and administrator found out Monday morning that his April murder conviction is being thrown out. Earnest is accused of killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn, back in 2007.  Judge Jim Updike denied bond, saying that Earnest is a substantially greater flight risk than he was before he went on trial.  That ruling came after Updike decided to set aside Earnest's April 5th murder conviction. ...
NEWS
June 14, 2011
Henry County's school superintendent is headed to North Carolina. Dr. Anthony Jackson is leaving Henry County to be a school superintendent at a school system in North Carolina.  He served as superintendent of Henry County schools since the summer of 2009.  The school system says he's leaving that position for the new one at the end of July. The school board will meet on June 20 at 9 a.m. to discuss filling the superintendent position. Here is the full news release: Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Accepts Position in North Carolina Henry County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Jackson, notified the School Board and staff Tuesday that he is leaving at the end of July.
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