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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.]
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | January 29, 2013
The Hooters restaurant in Roanoke has closed its doors. The Williamson Road restaurant, which is owned by a Richmond businessman, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November. A notice posted on the restaurant door indicates that the tenant defaulted on its loans. The notice reads that the “premises are now under the control of the Landlord, Spirit Master Funding, LLC. Because of lease defaults, the Tenant has no right to possession of these premises or any furniture, fixtures, or equipment located at the premises, but remains liable for outstanding amounts payable, future charges, and damages under the Lease with the Landlord.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff/Joe Dashiell | May 24, 2013
Developers say a new project in the city of Roanoke will transform a 22-acre site between Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and downtown. Friday morning, they came together with community leaders to break ground on "The Bridges. " The first phase includes new housing and offices near the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, a restaurant in the old stable that's still standing on the property and a river walk along the Roanoke River. Jason Vickers-Smith is a Richmond-based developer.
NEWS
March 11, 2010
The Route 94 bridge over the New River in Grayson County is getting some emergency repairs, which means a detour for drivers. The Route 94 Carrico Bridge is a truss bridge, built in 1927. VDOT noticed a problem area and says the bridge will be closed for several weeks while crews repair it. Local traffic wanting to travel from Fries to Galax can use Routes 606 and 721.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 23, 2012
We're learning more details about a hiker found murdered along the Appalachian Trial in Amherst County last June. At a news conference in Amherst Monday, FBI Investigators revealed that Scott Lilly was suffocated.  They're not saying whether Lilly was choked or strangled, but they did reveal that Lilly's body was partially buried after he was killed. The FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office, National Park Service, and U.S. Department of Forestry were all at the news conference Monday at the Amherst County Sheriff's Office.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | October 19, 2012
There's a spot next to the Lynchburg Expressway where monsters lurk in the woods. It's a place where clowns chase you with a chainaw.  If you dare to venture inside an old house on the property, prepare to hang out with zombies and corpses. It's Halloween, and that means it's Scaremare time. The annual event is put on by Liberty University.  This year is the 40th Anniversary. "Kids know our history," said Scaremare director, Steve Vandegriff.  "They know that they're going to have a good time and we're going to do our best to scare them.
NEWS
Dan Dennison and WDBJ7 News Director | November 2, 2012
Our next story is one that shows the depth and strength of the human spirit. If you're a moviegoer or a reader, you may already know the story of Aron Ralston; the Colorado man who cut his own arm off after being trapped in a slot canyon nearly a decade ago. Ralston spoke at Washington and Lee University Thursday night. Actor James Franco portrayed Ralston in last year's movie “127 Hours.” "One apology, sorry to those of you who were hoping I might look a little more like James Franco,” Ralston told the crowd.
NEWS
Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | April 6, 2011
One local bride won't just take steps to the altar this Saturday, but she'll also take steps earlier in the day that are a start to her whole new life. Hunter Flannagan's ready for her wedding all the way down to the bottom of her shoes which have stickers with the words "I" and "do" pasted on .  After all this wedding was supposed to happen months ago. " We had an original wedding date of September 25th," Hunter Flannagan explained.  " And we postponed it due to my chemo(therapy)
NEWS
Justin McLeod and Reporter | October 11, 2011
If you grew up in this area, chances are you visited Lakeside Amusement Park in Salem.  Located at the intersection of East Main Street and Electric Road, the park was a favorite summer retreat for residents of Roanoke and Salem through the 1970s and early 1980s.  "I still see the train tracks back there.  I think about the train that went around the back with the Indians who popped up with the Cowboy," said Josh May.  And most...
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 22, 2013
A former Dublin doctor was convicted late Thursday evening on federal drug distribution charges. Linda Sue Cheek was convicted after an eight-day trial in the United States District Court in Roanoke on 172 of the 173 counts she was facing. Evidence at trial showed that Cheek wrote prescriptions for controlled substances on her revoked DEA number and wrote prescriptions on a DEA number that belonged to another person, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office. “Despite losing her license to prescribe medication, Dr. Cheek repeatedly provided pain medication to vulnerable patients,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said on Friday.
NEWS
Jean Jadhon | May 23, 2012
Liberace, Rock Hudson, and Ryan White are three names associated with AIDS. Since the 1980's, 600,000 people have died of AIDS, but you don't hear much about it these days. The scary reality is that there is no cure and the number of new HIV cases is rising in Southwest Virginia. "You don't see the faces of people who are gone and look very ill on television anymore. You don't hear a lot about it," said Elaine Martin, the HIV Prevention Director with the Virginia Department of Health.
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | November 23, 2011
He was beaten unconscious and paralyzed trying to arrest two suspects. Now former Roanoke police officer Bryan Lawrence has suffered another injury. Lawrence fell on Sunday at the church were he's now a minister, breaking several bones including his neck. It's an injury he says could have easily killed him. It was just before the service at Cave Rock Baptist Church was about to start. He was walking in a hallway when he tripped and fell. "I got up close and personal with a metal doorframe," he says.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | October 8, 2012
October is known for its changing leaves, cool days, chilly nights and even fog and cold rain. One thing that probably doesn't come to mind when you think of October is snow. While it's rare, October snows aren't unheard of. ROANOKE SNOW Just last year, several hometowns, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and Blacksburg recorded flurries on October 28 and 29th. Flurries count as a trace. If you're looking for something more than a few flying flurries, you'd have to go back to October 10th 1979, where .30" of snow fell in Roanoke.
NEWS
Karen Kiley and Reporter | February 7, 2012
Urban legends and ghost stories surround an old mansion in Southwest Virginia. From murder and war, to mental illness and slavery, the tales are so tall that the television series Ghost Hunters made the trip to Wythe County to investigate. It's not the house itself that brings people to Major Graham Mansion , but what or who might be inside. "We've all been so fascinated with the house and the stories that we wanted to come in and investigate," said Lesley Catron, a Wythe County native.
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