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AEP Foundation donates to Covid-19 relief efforts across Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee

CHARLESTON, WV – The American Electric Power Foundation is donating $288,000 to agencies providing COVID-19 relief efforts across Appalachian Power’s three-state service area. The gift is part of an overall $1.5 million coronavirus relief donation from the AEP Foundation.

“These are challenging and uncertain times for all of us,” said Chris Beam, Appalachian Power president and COO. “With the Foundation’s help, we’re able to partner with agencies in our communities to identify and reach our customers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.” Continue reading AEP Foundation donates to Covid-19 relief efforts across Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee

Roman tapped as new RCPD Police Chief

Samuel Roman, Jr., Deputy Chief, RCPD

After a Nation-wide search that resulted in panel interviews with five outstanding finalists, the City of Roanoke has appointed Samuel Roman, Jr. to be the next Chief of Roanoke Police Department. Roman currently serves as the Police Chief in Lexington, after having served for 25 years in Roanoke rising to the rank of Deputy Chief. Continue reading Roman tapped as new RCPD Police Chief

Moon runs for City Council

Veteran city employee announces candidacy amid promising endorsements
Stephanie Moon

by S. Rotan Hale

Some candidates spend much time learning the system while others, as insiders, already know who’s who and the inner-workings of what’s going on regarding City Government.

Stephanie Moon is no stranger to Roanoke City government. As an insider she spent 40 years employed by the city–12 of which as city clerk, a position directly connected to Roanoke City Council. Continue reading Moon runs for City Council

Community Family Resource Open House attracts hundreds

Forest Jones

by Shawn Nowlin

Roanoke Valley students and their parents were invited to participate in the Third Annual Community Family Resource Open House at the Salem Civic Center on March 9. The event lasted approximately two hours and attracted roughly 250 pupils and their guardians. Representatives from more than 25 businesses and organizations were on hand to answer questions on a variety of topics.

The main objective of the gathering was to provide an opportunity for local families to come to one location and speak with different representatives while learning about all of the available resources. Continue reading Community Family Resource Open House attracts hundreds

U.S. Cellular announces winners of Art Contest

Winners – From left with presenters and guests: CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of SW VA Michelle Davis; 3rd Place Winner, Peyton Burks; (Behind Peyton) U.S. Cellular Store Mgrs. Jason Story and Justin Boles; 2nd Place, Winner Ashton Lafon; 1st Place, (and four-time winner) Tyler Turner; Mayor Sherman Lea and Anthony Carlson from U.S. Cellular.

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea joined U.S. Cellular to announce the top three winners of its 13th Annual Black History Month Art Competition with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia at a recent celebration at the club’s 9th Street location. Continue reading U.S. Cellular announces winners of Art Contest

Governments declare Local Emergencies in response to Coronavirus related Public Health concerns

Effective March 12, Governor Ralph S. Northam declared under the Executive Order that a State of Emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia due to the potential spread of COVID-19, a communicable disease and public health threat. In response to this Executive Order, Botetourt County, the City of Roanoke, the City of Salem, Roanoke County, and the Town of Vinton governments took the precautionary measure of declaring local emergencies. The action enables the local governments to request State and Federal resources should they become needed. Per the Virginia Department of Health, at this time, there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in our region. Continue reading Governments declare Local Emergencies in response to Coronavirus related Public Health concerns