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Meteorologist Brent Watts | April 16, 2013
SKYWARN ® storm spotters are often the nation's first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time--seconds and minutes that can help save lives. Who is Eligible? NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN ® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens.
Web Staff | June 23, 2010
UPDATED: 4:30 p.m. Firefighters say no one was hurt in today's fire on Kelsey Way, off Springwood Road near Fincastle.  The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m.  Five fire companies responded to the blaze. Troutville Fire Chief Scott Paderick said one person was inside when the fire broke out.  The woman made it out safely.  A cat is missing. Investigators are looking into the possibility that lightning sparked the blaze. Springwood Road was closed for a time, but has now reopened.
Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | January 17, 2012
A candidate who wants to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate says it's time for the federal government to pull back. E.W. Jackson toured a Christian Free Clinic in Fincastle Tuesday evening.  The clinic is part of a ministry by Fincastle Baptist Church.  It's a place Jackson says Washington could learn a lot from by allowing states, the private and religious sectors to exercise more control and solve issues like health care.    ...
July 21, 2011
The Botetourt County sheriff's office is investigating a fatal logging accident. It happened around 7:30 a.m. in a wooded area near the 1100 block of West Wind Road, north of Fincastle.  Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle says Claude "Dickie" Dudley, age 67 of Eagle Rock, was killed after part of a tree fell on him.  Investigators believe he was cutting a tree, as it fell, it became entangled in some other trees.  Authorities believe Dudley was...
Web staff | January 14, 2013
Two people were hurt in an accident Monday afternoon on Route 220 in Botetourt County. According to Virginia State Police, a 1998 Honda Civic was headed west on Gravel Hill toward Route 220 when the Civic pulled out in front of a Chevrolet Avalanche. The collision caused the Avalanche to flip and hit a tree. Two people inside the Avalanche, 60-year-old Barry Chittum and 61-year-old Elta Chittum, were hurt and taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. They were both wearing seat belts.
Susan Bahorich and reporter | November 15, 2010
For family farmers like the Hendersons- the news is unsettling. They use the extension office to help with testing, best business practices and providing the best product possible. "W e like the face to face contact, if there's something we need answered now - we make a phone call and that person in Fincastle usually can get it for us.  Where, with a centralized location - an answering service or what, it may take days- and by the time those days are over, the window of opportunity is gone," explains J eff Henderson of Cave Hill Dairy Farm.
Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | September 8, 2011
A group of Roanokers is trying to make certain foods and drinks a bit more affordable for the masses.  They're doing it by having, you could say, a party. Downtown Roanoke Inc., which is all about promoting downtown, has come up with Cellar Door.  Every second Thursday between now and November this event will be going on on Wall Street which is adjacent to the City Market Building.  It'll start at 5pm and end at 8pm. Admission is $5 and includes tastings and a keepsake wine glass.  People are encouraged to bring their souvenir glass to the remainder of the events this year reducing their admission to $1. ID's will be checked and wristbands will be provided for tasters 21 and over.  Wine by the glass and bottle will also be available for purchase.
Susan Bahorich and reporter | December 3, 2011
While some may dread wrapping presents, a group of Santa's helpers embraced the task Saturday morning. These volunteers are part of Operation Christmas Cheer in Fincastle. For the last four-years, the non-profit has been working with Botetourt County's Department of Social Services to ensure that area kids have gifts Christmas morning. The toys and presents have been bought. And Saturday, the group wrapped items for 30-kids. "It feels fantastic. It's a very, very warm feeling, and the kids come and give you hugs and the parents that come up to you, cause the parents come with their children, it's a very, very warm feeling.
Susan Bahorich and reporter | October 4, 2011
Recent rainy days have caused headaches for grape growers in Northern Virginia and Charlottesville. But, it's a mixed bag for local vineyards.        In Botetourt County at the Fincastle Vineyard and Winery, the owner says this won't be the best year, but not the worse either. Different types of grapes have different harvest times. The red grapes won't be harvested for another week and a half, while the green grapes have already been picked. Says Classey, "It did force us to harvest a lil earlier on some of our whites than we'd normally do if the weather was perfect.
WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 1, 2012
A routine traffic stop for the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office turned into a big bust Thursday. Officers seized 300 bags of heroin and charged two suspects in connection to a series of break-ins in the Botetourt County area. The heroin had an estimated street value of $6,000. A total of three people were arrested. Charged after the traffic stop on Interstate 81 near Exit 167 are 30-year-old Misty Evans of Troutville, 39-year-old Antonio Marchese of Roanoke, and 44-year-old Jonathan McNeill of Roanoke.
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