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Norfolk Southern shifts workforce to PA

Rail operations and more than 650 employees remain in Roanoke

Norfolk Southern has announced the closure of its Roanoke Distribution Center in Virginia and the planned transfer of the work associated with its Roanoke Locomotive Shop to Altoona, PA. Roanoke Locomotive Shop mechanical employees will have the opportunity to transfer to the Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona and will be eligible for relocation benefits. Continue reading Norfolk Southern shifts workforce to PA

Local college fair highlights HBCUs

High school students ask Lincoln University Admissions Counselor Quincy Barnes (left) about the cost of attendance. – Photos by S. Nowlin

by Shawn Nowlin

More than 300 teenagers throughout Roanoke Valley visited William Fleming High School on February 15 for a college fair that highlighted Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The event, which lasted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., gave students and parents an opportunity to ask questions, network, and accumulate financial aid. Despite being open and free to the public, pre-registration was encouraged.

At least one representative was present from twelve HBCUs: Shaw, Howard, Hampton, Norfolk State, Winston Salem State, Va State, Va Union, Lincoln, NC A&T Univ; University of Lynchburg, Bluefield State and Bennett College. Continue reading Local college fair highlights HBCUs

A birthday/Black History celebration

Professor Wayne Scales

by Eva Shaw-Gill

My husband Demare Gill, Sr. and I traveled to Blacksburg Saturday, Feb. 1 to celebrate with the Scales family and close friends, Wayne Scales’ surprise birthday party.  His wife Glenda with the help of some friends pulled off this surprise! Not only was Wayne surprised by his daughter Melody flying in from Xavier University for a day, but a large group of his Virginia Tech colleagues and close friends who came to celebrate his 60th birthday.

After the shock wore off Wayne’s face, the festivities began with great food and conversation. Glenda thought it would be nice to go around the room and let everyone introduce themselves and say how they knew Wayne. Continue reading A birthday/Black History celebration

National talk radio hosts broadcast Get Out the Vote live on WFJX FOX Radio

WFJX FOX Radio 910 AM and 104.3 FM is proud to bring Salem Media Network’s national radio hosts Mike Gallagher and Dr. Sebastian Gorka to broadcast “live and in person” from the studios of WFJX for the first time in Roanoke, Virginia’s history on Monday March 2 and Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Continue reading National talk radio hosts broadcast Get Out the Vote live on WFJX FOX Radio

Acting Police Chief named

Deputy Chief Chester R. Smith, Jr.

Roanoke City Manager Bob Cowell has named Deputy Chief Chester R. Smith, Jr. to serve as Acting Police Chief. Smith will fill this role upon the retirement of Police Chief Tim Jones, effective as of Jan. 31.

Smith has served on the City’s police force since 1985, and currently commands the Uniform Operations Division He is a graduate of Radford University and has completed training at the National Criminal Justice Command College, the FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Training Program, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and the Professional Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond.

A national search process continues for Chief Jones’ successor.