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Bath County considering options to fill gap in child care shortage

Bath County is among one of the only counties in the Commonwealth without a single, private licensed childcare provider. → Read More

Childcare in southwest Virginia unable to meet “astronomical” demand

Providers and organizations who support them say they struggle to hire people to fill positions that could allow them to accept more children. → Read More

Garth Newel’s emerging artists set to perform this weekend

“You can tell they really enjoy playing with one another and playing chamber music." → Read More

Blue Ridge Poison Control noted spikes in Delta-8 THC calls

Last year, 37 of the calls were for kids younger than 18. → Read More

New owners of Patrick County hospital begin hiring process

Foresight Health now has a website where people can apply and submit their resumes. → Read More

Gauntlet Competition honors youngest entrepreneur yet

The program was created by the Advancement Foundation to help with economic development in the Roanoke Valley. → Read More

Hometown experts say need for mental health help rises; help is limited

May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. → Read More

GasBuddy predicts highest Memorial Day gas prices ever

"It’s going to be the most expensive Memorial Day that we’ve ever seen.” → Read More

Roanoke mom shares infant formula shortage struggle

“The mental and emotional strain that it has caused is something I would not wish on anyone." → Read More

New owner of Patrick County’s hospital plans to restore ER within a year

Dr. Sameer Suhail said he also wants to bring in behavioral health and addiction recovery services. → Read More

Man makes plea deal in shooting death of teen outside hotel

Brandon Calderon-Damian was sentenced to 10 years with three years suspended. → Read More

Federal cancer initiative focused on environmental factors

The operation aims to reduce the death rate from cancer by at least 50 percent over the next 25 years. → Read More

Roanoke’s Local Office on Aging to open new wellness center

Some of LOA’s long term plans for the site include adding an outdoor senior exercise space and walking trail. → Read More

Hometown pediatricians offer advice during infant formula shortage

Two local doctors offer up their recommendations and suggestions while families wait for supplies to catch up. → Read More

Blue Ridge Parkway work continues, some repairs to wrap by June

Meanwhile, work will begin this spring to repair a section of road damaged in a 2020 landslide. → Read More

West Virginia reaches settlement with opioid maker Endo for $26 million

Meanwhile West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is preparing for trial against three other companies. → Read More

Highland County’s maple sugar producers gearing up for weekend festival

The owner of the Sugar Tree Country Store says his maple syrup jugs and apple butter jars are hard to get thanks to supply chain issues. → Read More

Roanoke mom encourages regular screening after cervical cancer scare

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - At 33 years old, Roanoke mom Jes Curtin underwent a hysterotomy just months after giving birth to her second child. It started with a phone call from her doctor; her journey into motherhood punctuated with an ominous finding. “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” said Curtin. “I did not know what to think.” Curtin had her first child, her daughter, in February 2019. During the… → Read More

Charges upgraded, added for former officer charged in Capitol attack

Prosecutors say while at the Capitol, Thomas Robertson was carrying a "large wooden stick." → Read More

President Sands announces new research center in Virginia Tech’s State of the University

President Sands said the goal is to make Virginia Tech a leading global research university. → Read More