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Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | October 29, 2010
The ghost stories of the three sisters in black have hung around Christiansburg for more than a century now.     The trio was known for their dark attire.     Mary Snead, Caroline Martin and Virginia Wardlaw were educators who ran the old Montgomery Female Academy in the early 1900's.     The old building is gone....in its place now the Old Christiansburg Middle School - currently housing Blacksburg Middle School students.     The women were notorious for killing off relatives for insurance money.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 13, 2013
A big announcement tonight from Roanoke College. Tonight, the school announced the start of its project called "Roanoke Rising: The Campaign for Roanoke College. "  Officials say it's the school's largest campaign in its 171-year history. A family of a Roanoke College alumni in New Jersey made a 25-million dollar pledge to the school. This huge donation is fueling the campaign's goal of 200 million dollars. That money will go toward two major changes to the campus. "One [addition]
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Meteorologist Brent Watts | March 1, 2013
You've probably heard the phrase "in like a lion, out like a lamb," when talking about the weather during the month of March. This question you might be asking is, where did the phrase come from? While many sayings are based on observation and are accurate, others are from beliefs of those who came before us. This proverb has many stories to it. WEATHER CONNECTION March is such a changeable month in which we can see warm, spring-like days, or late season blizzards, it's easy to see how the saying might hold true.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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Meteorologist Brent Watts | July 11, 2012
You bought a generator during the recent power outage. The power is back on, so now what do you do with it? "It's mainly with first-time generator owners," says Steve Wirt , a technician at Outdoor Power Equipment in Roanoke, Virginia. "If you make the mistake once, you won't do it again. " Here's a few tips that will keep your generator running when you need it the most. MISTAKE #1 |  NOT ENOUGH POWER When looking to purchase a generator, most will make a decision based on the wallet, rather than what they need to run.  A small generator of about 3,000 watts can run a few lights, fans and a refrigerator.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 1, 2010
A holiday play in Lynchburg is giving performers with special needs a venue to show off their skills. Puppets Alamode is putting on a program called "Christmas in Camelot. " It's a story of two friends who work to save an enchanted land from a dark wizard. Puppets Alamode gives adults and children with mental handicaps a chance to perform on stage in shows around Lynchburg. The group works with students from the Bonner Leaders Program at Lynchburg College. They help the puppet actors bring their characters to life.
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Meteorologist Brent Watts | January 31, 2012
On the back of seed packets you'll find a map of "hardiness zones," or zones where plants are best suited to grow. The zone map is created by the United States Department of Agriculture and  has been used for decades by amateur and professional gardeners as a guide to yearly planting. So why all the changes? The USDA has found through research from the past few decades, that a general warming trend has taken place across the U.S. from 1990 to 2005. This means the new map should be more precise than the previous map published in 1990.
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Web Staff | February 19, 2013
Have you killed a cell phone? We've all heard stories about shattered screens and other damage. Now a Roanoke company is expanding the first aid it offers.   Lee Hartman and Sons has serviced audio and video equipment for years, but residents of the Roanoke Valley have had few options for local repairs on smartphones and other personal devices. Now the company is making out-of-warranty repairs on a variety of cellphones, and other electronic devices. Zhicheng Zhao has been repairing cellphones for a year and a half, and recently joined Lee Hartman and Sons.  The three most common problems he sees are shattered screens, water damage and cell phones that won't charge.
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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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October 19, 2011
A West Virginia man is accused of soliciting a child via the internet.  Eric James Porter, age 31, was arrested Tuesday on charges involving computer solicitation of a child.  Deputies say between August and October 2011, Porter made contact with what he believed to be a minor female, via the internet, and engaged in sexually explicit communications.  Investigators say he then attempted to make arrangements to meet the minor in person.  ...
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April 27, 2012
E-Mail Melissa Follow Melissa on Facebook Melissa Gaona is a Multimedia Journalist for WDBJ7.  She appears on WDBJ7 Mornin' as a reporter. Melissa joined Your Hometown News Leader in June 2011. Melissa was born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and yes she is a Cowboys fan. After high school, Melissa joined the United States Army.  She served active duty and worked on diesel engines. Melissa says the experience made her appreciate the small things in life.
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