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Chris Hurst and Reporter | September 21, 2010
They call it "God's Thumbprint. " Sitting high inside a mountian basin from the remains of an ancient seabed, Burkes Garden has a population of less than two hundred. They live in relative isolation, with little cell phone service and not even a post office or school. But retired doctor Bill Jurgelski is not alone; he has nearly fifty two humped Mongolian camels on his Lost World Ranch. "The camels in my opinion come from a lost world," says Dr. Jurgelski. "And this in many ways is a lost world, Burke's Garden.
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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
Kimberly McBroom and WDBJ 7 Anchor/Reporter | March 7, 2013
Kindergarten registration begins Thursday for Roanoke City Public Schools , and in several other school districts. Registration is open to Roanoke children who will be five years old on or before September 30. Parents also have some homework to do.  They need to have several documents with them when they register their child, including the child's immunization record, birth certificate, physical exam report, as well as the...
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 21, 2013
When you think of personal trainers, people like Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper may come to mind. How about Ben Crosswhite? His name may not be familiar, but he's earning a reputation for helping some of Lynchburg's most well known people slim down. "Since I was younger, I have loved it," Crosswhite said of his chosen career.  "I love the results it brings. " Results are something he's becoming known for.  His clients are dropping pounds, lots of pounds, and they're doing it fast.
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | September 12, 2011
The pastor of a Roanoke church is going to prison. Reverend Joseph Mayo pled guilty to not paying more than a half million dollars in taxes and illegally taking a hundred thousand dollars in Social Security benefits. He's pastor of Paradise Cathedral. Mayo will spend eight months in prison, but was placed in a medical facility because of diabetes and back problems. Mayo and his wife have another federal case pending where two employees of a company he co-owned allege they were denied overtime benefits.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | March 13, 2012
March 13-14th, 1993, the region saw one of the largest March snowfalls in recorded history. The weather predictions grew from 6 to 12 inches early in the week,  to 1 to 2 feet just before the snow began on Friday and continued through Sunday. On top of the extreme snow, strong winds were expected to top 50 mph during the second half of the storm, creating the blizzard conditions across much of the east coast. One national forecaster commented, "this is like a hurricane, with snow.
NEWS
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | November 20, 2012
Virginia Tech says too much of a good thing can be confusing, especially when it comes to school logos. Tech's position is this- it's not a good idea to have different logos representing the same entity. In this case, Virginia Tech. Old school stuff has always been a big seller at Campus Emporium in Blacksburg. Manager Ken Phillips says the word is out "that the vintage logos are going away and part of the tradition as you say is going away. I don't feel we'll have that much left over.
NEWS
Web Staff | September 22, 2010
Dozens have a new job in Danville, thanks to a tobacco company opening its doors. JTI Leaf Services opened a new facility in Danville that will procure and process U.S. leaf tobacco. According to a statement from the company, the opening created 32 full-time and 140 seasonal jobs. “We’ve worked hard over the last year to get the facility up and running,” said Steve Daniels, President of JTI Leaf Services. “We’ve been fortunate enough to tap into Danville’s rich tobacco heritage and seasoned workforce, and are excited that today marks the start of our operations here.
NEWS
Web Staff | February 24, 2011
New jobs are coming to Botetourt County.   Dynex America Corporation will spend $15 million to expand its facility, creating 95 new jobs.  The company makes parts for auto transmissions. Dynax will expand into the former Johnson Controls building next to its plant right now in Eastpark Commerce Center. "They have been just a tremendous corporate citizen not only do they have good jobs.  They're the largest employer in Botetourt County now, private employer," said Jerry Burgess, county administrator.
NEWS
Holly Pietrzak and Weekend Anchor/Reporter | July 31, 2011
Does dress attire make you act a certain way?     The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners seems to think so.     Hundreds of potential Virginia lawyers descended on the Roanoke Civic Center this past week to take the bar exam in proper attire.     The first test was at the door.     Virginia is one of the few states that still requires those taking the bar exam to dress as though they were in court.       A suit and tie for men.     A dress or suit for women.
NEWS
Karen Kiley and Reporter | August 11, 2011
If you won't say it to someone's face, don't say it online. It's a lesson a Galax man recently learned the hard way, when he mixed work and social media. Roger Barr says he was happily employed until his online persona was brought to his employers attention and he was fired. Now he's using the same social medium that got him canned, to garner support for what he feels was a wrongful termination. “I loved it.  It was the best job I've ever had,” said Roger Barr enthusiastically.
NEWS
Meteorologist Brent Watts | February 2, 2012
The substance spilled at the accident on Interstate 81 was Thioglycol, a substance used in textiles, pharmaceuticals, insecticides, agricultural products and the making of PVC pipe among other things. While it appears the chemical Thioglycol has been contained, some of the vapors may have dispursed around the scence of the accident. No evacuations have been ordered. Here's a little background on the chemical and its impact on the environment and human health (Source: Chemicalland21.com )
NEWS
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.
NEWS
Bryce Williams and Reporter | September 1, 2012
Most of us like to eat out from time to time. However, if you're on a boat in the middle of the lake, you don't have many options - until now. A floating restaurant by the name of “Waterway Cafe” is a sight to behold for hungry boaters. They're able to get a tasty treat that'll hold them over until they make it back to shore. Lynn Morris is a school teacher and her husband Danny is a building contractor. They came up with the idea when the housing market sank. “One of the fellas that works with me said 'well I know where there's a pontoon boat that's been sitting in the guy's yard for several years and it doesn't look like he's using it. You could probably buy it'. So I went by and made him an offer and bought it,” he said Anxious boaters make their way to the floating restaurant one after another.
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