“Kittenpalooza” Saturday hopes to find permanent homes for more cats

Barn Cat BuddiesA Roanoke Valley organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for stray cats holds an adoption event Saturday. Barn Cat Buddies will bring the felines to “Kittenpalooza” at Towers Shopping Center Petco from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Founder Diane Novak says these events often help those thinking about such adoptions:

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The cats have all the vaccinations and medical procedures, and they’re even microchipped. Each adoption costs $50 — or you can adopt a bonded pair for $75.

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Truck crosses I-77 and crashes; driver dies

I-77-logoFrom Virginia State Police: At 8:06 a.m. Friday (July 3), Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper D.A. Phipps was called to the scene of a fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77. The crash occurred near the 22 mile marker in Carroll County.  A tractor-trailer pulling double trailers was traveling north on I-77 when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle as it came through a curve. The tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the highway, went through the median, and overturned across the southbound lanes of I-77. When the tractor-trailer entered the southbound lanes, the second trailer struck a 2014 Chevrolet Aveo. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Randall O. Page, 36, of Charlotte, N.C., died at the scene. The driver of the Aveo, a 22-year-old Ohio woman, was transported to Wythe Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  The cause of the crash remains ongoing.

 

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Unattended cooking blamed for Vinton fire that kills family dog

Fire-ImageFrom Roanoke County Fire and Rescue: Fire investigators have determined that unattended cooking sparked the blaze in the 500 block of Polk Avenue last night in Vinton. Crews from the Vinton station, along with firefighters from Read Mountain and Mount Pleasant stations, arrived promptly and had the fire under control in about 10 minutes. A mother and her juvenile daughter were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. One dog escaped the blaze, but sadly another dog died inside the home. The family is displaced and the Red Cross is offering assistance. The fire caused $65,000 in damages.

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World Cup stirs local soccer interest

Roanoke Star SoccerThe TV ratings have been strong nationally when the U.S. Women’s soccer team has competed in this year’s World Cup – and locally that impressive showing has encouraged more girls to take up the sport … WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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