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NEWS
May 23, 2010
A piece of Roanoke's past is back for a new monument. St. Andrew's Catholic Church has built a memorial to the former St. Vincent's Orphanage. Thousands of boys made their way through the facility in the early 20th century. The building was torn down last year, but bricks were saved and incorporated into the new monument. People who were involved with the former orphanage were invited back Sunday for a special dedication. "Just to come home and be present is very special and we were blessed with a beautiful day too," says Sister Joan Wilson, who attended school with St. Vincent orphans.
NEWS
February 21, 2010
Its been just over a week since the Blacksburg High School gym roof collapsed and shut down the entire school. No one was inside at the time of the collapse, which officials say was caused by structural problems. Regardless, students' schedules have been changed, because classes can't continue at that school. The 1,200 students will move over to Blacksburg Middle School beginning this week from 2 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. It's not only a different schedule for classes, but it affects students outside or after school.
NEWS
Jean Jadhon and Tim Saunders and News 7 | April 12, 2011
It's just the kind of news people in Charlotte County hoped to hear. 150 new jobs are coming to the county.  Genesis Products, Incorporated will invest $2.5 million dollars to expand the Appomattox River Manufacturing operation in Charlotte County, according to a press release from Governor Bob McDonnell's office. The project will save 52 jobs and create 150 new jobs. The company manufactures doors, cabinet parts, moldings and wood panels for pre-fabricated homes and recreational vehicles.
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Reporter | May 19, 2011
It never went away, but police thought they had a handle on methamphetamines in Southwest Virginia, but new ways to make it are making meth the hardest drug to fight in our hometowns. Users call it "Shake and Bake," and just like when you use the real “Shake and Bake,” meth can now be made on an incredibly small scale. A two liter soda bottle can make one batch so now, each user is their own cook. But it's where law enforcement is finding these bottles that can expose you to toxic chemicals or even explosions.
NEWS
Bethany Tucker and WDBJ7 Associate Producer | February 4, 2012
UPDATE, Sunday 4:41p.m.:     Your Hometown News Leader is learning more about a deadly home invasion just across the state line in North Carolina.     Early Saturday morning, authorities in Reidsville, North Carolina say a man and woman were shot and killed inside their home during a home invasion. They are identified as Douglas and Ladonna French, husband and wife. Their 19-year-old daughter, Whitley, was injured in the incident.     We're learning the young woman told 911 dispatchers she woke up to an attack by a masked man in her bedroom.
NEWS
Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | February 28, 2012
The tallest building in Lexington will undergo a massive renovation. Work will begin next month to restore the Robert E. Lee building to its glory days. But not everyone is happy about it. On Tuesday, the Joyful Spirit Cafe located at the bottom of the building closed for good.  "Quite sad because I've been here for 10 years and I've made a lot of great friends," says owner Louise Ward. Ward says she was forced to close because of renovation plans. "This space isn't available any longer," says Ward.
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
Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | August 3, 2012
UPDATED 09/24/2012 07:42 p.m. After almost 30 years, the Theater at Lime Kiln will close for good.  Executive Director Tony Russell made the announcement during a Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night.  The Theater's last day will be September 30.  Russell has rallied for months to raise money to renovate the outdoor theater and keep it running.  But it wasn't enough. Here is Russell's statement to the Board: Thank you for the opportunity to address the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors.
SPORTS
August 21, 2012
#, Name, Position, Height, Weight, Grade #2, Eric Johnson, Slot/C, 5'8", 175, 11 #3, Sam Krizner, Slot/C, 5'9", 160, 11 #4, Jaylyn Johnson, Slot/FS, 6'1", 177, 12 #5, Jeremy Williams, TB/OLB, 5'10", 230, 12 #6, Harold Buckner, WR/FS, 6'3", 175, 11 #7, Austin Fisher, Slot/SS, 5'7", 150, 10 #8, Dominic Dunnaville, QB/C, 5'9", 162, 11 #9, Jaylen Hill, Slot/C, 5'7", 145, 11 #10, Matt Culicerto, QB/OLB, 5'11", 185, 11 #11, D.J. Russell,...
NEWS
Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | August 28, 2012
If there's one group of people not welcomed in his neighborhood, Corbin Prydwen is spelling it out. "The lower sign was actually displayed Saturday morning and it was posted on this light pole with the stop sign," says Prydwen. For years, people say hookers have plagued Chapman Avenue and 12th Street, hanging out on the corners at all hours of the day and night. "I asked them nicely please don't stand on my corner and I've gotten a lot of negative response from them.  I've actually had a knife pulled on me by one of them," says Prydwen.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 19, 2012
We're learning more details about an accident Saturday in Dublin that killed a passenger in a car. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office says speed was a factor in the wreck. 26-year-old Misty Davis of Hillsville was killed in the accident, which happened around 5 p.m. Saturday on Route 100 North. Police say 24-year-old Dustin Hodges of Max Meadows was driving when his car went off the road and into the median, and flipped several times. The car ended up in the south-bound lanes.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Staff Writer/Chris Hurst | May 9, 2013
Outside the court house, former Virginia State Police Sergeant Matthew Brannock said he is satisfied with the ruling handed down to Jonathan Agee on Wednesday. Agee was sentenced to serve three life sentences in prison for killing his ex-wife, and then getting into a shootout with state police. Matthew Brannock is the former Virginia State Police Sergeant who was shot and wounded by Jonathan Agee on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County. "I think it would be hasty for me to celebrate the victory as this may be classified as. Many lives have been changed and Mr. Agee's family will suffer tremendously as a part of this too," Brannock said.
HEALTH
Rich Ellis | June 10, 2013
A New Ankle Brings a New Outlook on Life Total ankle replacements restore mobility, end crippling pain. By Rich Ellis C.E. “Butch” Davidson, 70 and a Salem resident, loved to dance with his wife at the Moose Lodge. In fact, it's where the two of them met. But severe arthritis in both ankles put an end to his dancing days, or so he thought. Roanoke City resident Virginia Balserak faced a similar situation. She was an avid hiker and yoga instructor until arthritis in her ankle gradually worsened over the course of about a year and half and she could barely place any weight on the ankle.
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