New state law makes “dooring” a traffic violation

wfir-defaultMany new laws take effect today in Virginia, including laws involving drivers. One of them deals with infractions called “dooring”, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Cider — a growing industry in Virginia

wfir-defaultChateau Morrisette hopes to unveil its line of Apple Ciders later this summer, and the winery is part of a growing trend in the Commonwealth.  WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more on the state’s cider industry.

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New principal named at Hidden Valley High School

Roanoke County SchoolsFrom Roanoke County Public Schools: ROANOKE – The Roanoke County School Board has named Lori Wimbush as the new principal at Hidden Valley High School, effective July 1.  Wimbush replaces Rhonda Stegall, who has been named the new Director of Secondary Instruction for Roanoke County Public Schools.

Wimbush first joined Roanoke County Public Schools as the assistant principal at Northside Middle School in 2004.  She was named principal at NMS in 2006.  Before joining Roanoke County, Wimbush served as a teacher in Henry County and Roanoke City.

Wimbush holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in administration and supervision from Radford University.  She also holds an Educational Specialist’s degree from Liberty University.

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Robbery suspect apprehended in Roanoke County

Roanoke-CountyFrom Roanoke County: (June 30, 2016)— On Saturday, June 18, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Roanoke County Police responded to a report of a robbery/home invasion in the 6100 block of Darby Road.  A group of teens reported that multiple suspects, one of whom was armed with a firearm, robbed them. After an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division, a 17-year old male was charged with 1 count of armed robbery, 2 counts of attempted armed robbery, 1 count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, and 1 count of assault and battery.  The suspect was apprehended by the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force on June 23 without incident. The case is still under investigation. No items taken from the scene were recovered.

Anyone with further information should contact Detective E.J. Chidester at (540) 777-8638 or the Emergency Communications Center at (540) 562-3265.

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New principal named at Northside Middle School

Roanoke County SchoolsFrom Roanoke County Public Schools: ROANOKE – The Roanoke County School Board has named Dr. Paul Lineburg as the new principal at Northside Middle School, effective July 1.  Dr. Lineburg replaces Lori Wimbush, who has been named the new principal at Hidden Valley High School.

Dr. Lineburg first joined Roanoke County Public Schools in 1995 as a teacher at Cave Spring High School.  He moved to the RCPS Central Office in 2001 as the coordinator of Social Studies.  In 2002, he returned to Cave Spring High School as assistant principal until 2010 when he became the assistant principal at William Byrd High School.  In 2015, he was named the Director of Administration for Roanoke County Public Schools.

Dr. Lineburg earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Tech in 1995, a Master’s Degree from Radford University in 2000 and a Doctorate from Virginia Tech in 2010.

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The man who designed the SML dam will be part of the lake’s 50th anniversary celebration

SML50Smith Mountain Lake is celebrating its 50th anniversary at full pond, and the man who designed the Smith Mountain Dam will be apart of the festivities.  WFIR’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

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