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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 15, 2013
It's the time of year when high school seniors have to make that tough decision: What do I do next? For the guidance counselors who advise them, answering that question has gotten a little easier, thanks to the Community College Access Program (CCAP). With this program, high school students who qualify get two years of their education at Virginia Western Community College absolutely free. “We have kids with 4.0's that could get into any college they wanted to go to, but they go to Western,” Franklin County High School Guidance Counselor Barry Whitlow said.
NEWS
May 2, 2010
LEGUME & OLIVE SALAD Recipe By: Steve Alls/Kroger Chef Corrected from earlier version INGREDIENTS: 2/3 cup                      Canola Oil 1/2 cup                      White wine vinegar 2 Tbsp.                      Sugar 1 Tbsp.                      Oregano 1                               15 oz. light Red Kidney Beans (drained/rinsed)
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Bob Grebe and Reporter | October 4, 2011
    With the holiday season approaching, the Salvation Army of Roanoke will begin accepting applications for Christmas assistance Wednesday, October 5.     To apply come to the Salvation Army offices at 724 Dale Avenue SE on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.     The deadline to apply is November 23.      To apply bring the following items:         Photo ID         Social security cards for everyone...
NEWS
Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 13, 2013
If you live in Southern Virginia and consider yourself rich, you may be a rarity. A study shows Danville is the least wealthy area in the country, but it doesn't factor cost of living. Click here to read a copy of the report. In the entire country, Danville is ranked at the bottom of the list, while areas outside New York City are at the top. Our area is low because the middle class is considered high-scale living here. Most jobs are in the manufacturing fields where pay is about minimum wage, and high paying jobs aren't common.
HEALTH
Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | March 5, 2013
When you think of allergies you probably think of sneezing and wheezing, but there's another type of allergy that's relatively new. It can make it painful to swallow. This allergy can affect your esophagus which is the tube that transports food to the stomach. The allergic reaction is called eosinophilic esophagitis, a type of white blood cell (eosinophil) builds up in the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach (esophagus) as a reaction to foods, allergens or acid reflux, according to the Mayo Clinic website.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 24, 2013
A car accident is causing traffic backups of about five miles on Interstate 81 North beginning at mile marker 140 in Roanoke County. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, drivers should expect major delays. Check back soon for more updates.
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | August 30, 2011
In a move decided on only hours before Tuesday, Brandon R'eal Lockett changed his plea in the murder and child neglect case of his stepson Aveion Lewis. In the agreement accepted by Judge Clifford Weckstein, the charge of first degree murder was amended to second degree murder; Lockett pled no contest to that charge. He also pled no contest to felony child neglect. An additional charge was dropped. Judge Weckstein asked him numerous times if he understood the consequences of changing his plea to no contest; namely that he gives up the right to trial, to defend himself, and the right to appeal.
NEWS
Bob Grebe and Reporter | November 28, 2011
    A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday evening at Westlake Towne Center at Smith Mountain Lake.     That's also a time for the community to support the We Care of Franklin County toy drive.  For more than 20 years, We Care has been working year-round to meet the needs of the less fortunate.  This is the time of year when the entire community gets involved.     Once again this year We Care has the support of the Willard Companies.  At least 15 local businesses in the WestLake Towne Center will participate in a toy drive.  The community is asked to donate toys at the big event Thursday night.
NEWS
Melissa Gaona and Multimedia Journalist | January 2, 2012
For most of you, buying a Christmas tree only happens once a year. But for others, including tree farmers, it's a year round process. Farmers tell News 7 that they try to not have any leftover trees simply because they hate to waste. But for those who have trees left over, they tend to dump them in ponds because it gives fish shelter. Others will use the leftovers as mulch. The owner of Hamill Christmas Tree Farm, John Hamill, says they have shoppers looking for trees all year long.
NEWS
April 29, 2010
A Carroll County man is in custody in Surry County for allegedly robbing the actress who played Thelma Lou on the The Andy Griffith Show. It happened Sunday at a shopping center in Mount Airy, North Carolina. According to CNN affiliate WXII, 83-year-old Betty Lou Lynn was shopping when a man grabbed her wallet and ran. Police gave chase and arrested 45-year-old Shirley Walter Guynn of Cana. He is charged with felony robbery. Lynn moved to Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy from California in 2007 after she was the victim of crime three times in Los Angeles.
NEWS
Melissa Gaonoa and WDBJ7 Reporter | April 20, 2012
A pastor in Alleghany County has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child.    James Menefee is a pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Covington. He was arrested April 9 by Virginia State Police. Menefee, 46, is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child under 15. Investigators say the victim is not connected to the church. WDBJ7 pulled Menefee's public record and found he's been in the Alleghany County community for 20 years. Menefee's bail was set for $2,500 dollars.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 19, 2013
According to mall management, the Sears store inside New River Valley Mall is closing. No closing date has been released. Store employees have been informed of plans to close the store, but the mall spokesman is not in today. A statement will be released later today.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | September 11, 2012
There is only one team at Virginia Tech that can boast a National Championship. They have no organized practice time, no scholarships and no official uniform. Virginia Tech's bass fishing team started out with a handful of members in 2007, and has now tripled in size, won numerous tournaments, and is ranked at the top of several collegiate polls. Unlike other college sports teams, the anglers pay for their own bait, provide their own boats, and drive their own cars cross-country to tournaments.
NEWS
Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | November 3, 2010
New signs are up along Interstate 81. Virginia is raising the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on most of I-81. The northern portion is now marked with the new signs. The southern portion will be finished before the end of the year. VDOT says its received a lot of positive feedback. "Most of the things that we've heard from the public have been when are you gonna do it and how much quicker can you do it," says VDOT spokesperson Jason Bond. Drivers we spoke with say the new speed limit won't make a big difference.
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