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Located immediately west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, during colonial times the site of Roanoke was an important hub of trails and roads. First called Big Lick, it was established in 1852 and chartered in 1874. It was named for a large outcropping of salt which drew the wildlife to the site near the Roanoke River. In the 1850s, Big Lick became a stop on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad (V&T) which linked Lynchburg with Bristol on the Virginia-Tennessee border.

Population: 94911
Local Newspapers: The Roanoke Times
Local Sports Teams: Salem Red Sox (Single A Baseball) Virginia Tech Hokies
Local Colleges: Virgina Tech

Zip Codes associated with roanoke, virginia: 24012 24013 24014 24015 24016 24017 24018 24019
Towns/Cities near roanoke, virginia : Vinton Cloverdale Salem Cave Spring Hollins Laymantown Troutville Daleville

Roanoke News
2 Roanoke sheriff's deputies arrested

David L. Stultz, 57, of Troutville is charged with domestic assault and strangulation in Botetourt County.

Roanoke man convicted in fatal May shooting now faces life in prison

Lacquaine Jamail Myers, sitting with his lawyer, Charles Bullen, cries during his plea hearing on Thursday in Roanoke Circuit Court as the judge goes over his charges and how much time he could serve.

Hardy man pleads guilty to setting fires in Walmart

Twenty-five-year-old Joshua Wayne Wright pleaded guilty to two counts of arson of an occupied building and two counts of attempted arson of an occupied building.

Roanoke County lights broadband extension, inching municipal network closer to original vision

Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe McNamara and Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority CEO Frank Smith light an LED screen to celebrate the launch of the new broadband network in Roanoke County on Wednesday at South County Library.

Local Diver Brooke Leftwich Verbally Commits to Virginia Tech

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Owner of The Bandroom in Roanoke County prepares for store's finale

Naomi Bolling, 81, owns The Bandroom on Brambleton Avenue. After 39 years, she's decided to retire.

Larry Johnson

BENCHMARKA , a global hospitality company, has named Larry Johnson director of finance for Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property located in Roanoke, Virginia. Hotel Roanoke is a part of Curio - A Collection by Hilton.

State issues violation notice in Tinker Creek chemical spill and fish kill

A chemical spill on Tinker Creek began at Crop Production Services in Cloverdale.

New Candidate Emerges For 6th District

A Rockingham County man has joined the race to represent the Democratic Party and contest U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte for his District 6 seat. Sergio Coppola, 33, of Hinton, and Peter Volosin, a regional planning consultant and Roanoke native, are running for the 2018 Democratic nomination.

Caricature artist draws healing from humor

Kyle Edgell has multi-tasking down. Clad in her unmistakable broad-brimmed black-and-white feather-tufted hat, the 59-year-old Roanoke artist drew one quick caricature after another, handing them with flourishes to delighted subjects, all the while holding a wide-ranging conversation with an interviewer.

Four-Star Recruit Dorian Hardy No Longer Committed To Penn State

Penn State's highly-touted 2018 recruiting class took a hit on Friday, as four-star New Jersey prospect Dorian Hardy is no longer committed, according to Sean Fitz of Lions247 . The 6-foot-5, 241-pound defensive end played at Paramus Catholic High School, but was recently tied into a fighting controversy in which Hardy's father accused a Paramus Catholic coach of hitting his son, who was intervening in a fight involving two other players, according to .

Power cut to 1,800 customers in northwest Roanoke

About 1,800 customers lost power shortly before 1:30 a.m. in an area extending from 20th Street to just past Hershberger Road and south of Interstate 581 to the Roanoke Country Club.

Arts & Extras: Rural Retreat depot to recreate Link audio recording

The Rural Retreat Depot Museum and Event Center will hold its grand opening Saturday.

Teen suspect in Roanoke womana s murder arrested at RIC

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Maryland woman whose body was found in a home in Virginia. Virginia State Police say the youth was charged as a juvenile Thursday in the death of 76-year-old Ruth Ann Knave of Tall Timbers, Maryland.

Global Change Center researchers to forecast water quality with NSF support

Public utility managers will be able to predict drinking water quality more accurately thanks to a team of scientists with the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. The team -- which includes ecologists, social scientists, geologists and engineers -- was awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities grant to develop a system that can create a real-time water forecast -- similar to a weather forecast -- for Falling Creek Reservoir in Roanoke, Va.

Roanoke Valley localities wrestle with cost of paratransit system use

Judy Ratcliff, 62, of Vinton rides the STAR service from her workplace at the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store in Salem back to her apartment in Vinton.

Roanoke mental health company closes after Medicaid stops payments

A state official said Wednesday that Virginia's Medicaid program had stopped payment for East Mental Health's psychosocial rehabilitation services and mental health support services.

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