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Lindsey Ward

You often hear there's no place like home. After working and going to school in Central Virginia for over five years, Lindsey's made her way back home to the mountains.

Lindsey graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism. She began her television career at NBC 12 in Richmond, starting out as a tape editor eventually working her way up to the assignment desk.

Although she enjoyed her time in Richmond as a Ram, she packed up and headed a little west to Cavalier Country to begin reporting at Charlottesville's CBS19 / ABC16 / FOX27. She wore many hats at the Newsplex as a reporter, photographer, producer and anchor. She also worked as the Arena Host for University of Virginia Women's Basketball.

Lindsey is very excited to be back and looks forward to telling your stories. If you have ideas email her.

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  • Radford girl run over by car buys toys for other patients

    Radford girl run over by car buys toys for other patients

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:08 GMT
    (source: Facebook)(source: Facebook)
    A Radford girl has spent the past week recovering after she was run over by a car, but she didn't let her own pain stop her from making a difference for other hospital patients.
    A Radford girl has spent the past week recovering after she was run over by a car, but she didn't let her own pain stop her from making a difference for other hospital patients.
  • Challenger League raising money for home field

    Challenger League raising money for home field

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:59 GMT
    The Challenger Little League gives kids with special needs the opportunity to take part in America’s favorite past time.
    The Challenger Little League gives kids with special needs the opportunity to take part in America’s favorite past time.
  • Special needs bike camp still looking for volunteers

    Special needs bike camp still looking for volunteers

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:56 GMT
    Learning to ride a bike is thought of as a rite of passage for children something they enjoy doing on these warm summer days. For some kids though learning to ride isn't as easy as others. That’s where iCan Shine Bike Camp comes into play.
    Learning to ride a bike is thought of as a rite of passage for children something they enjoy doing on these warm summer days. For some kids though learning to ride isn't as easy as others. That’s where iCan Shine Bike Camp comes into play.
  • iCan Shine Bike Camp a second year success

    iCan Shine Bike Camp a second year success

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:51 GMT
    A special camp is underway designed to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.
    A special camp is underway designed to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.
  • Christiansburg boy meets town leaders after heroic actions

    Christiansburg boy meets town leaders after heroic actions

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:14:57 GMT
    Xander shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved a little boy in trouble.Xander shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved a little boy in trouble.
    A Christiansburg boy spent Tuesday morning touring the town.
    A Christiansburg boy spent Tuesday morning touring the town.
  • Water main on Starkey Road repaired

    Water main on Starkey Road repaired

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:54:56 GMT
    Expect delays on Starkey Road in Roanoke County.Crews from Western Virginia Water Authority are working on a water main break right now.
    Expect delays on Starkey Road in Roanoke County.Crews from Western Virginia Water Authority are working on a water main break right now.
  • Boy receives praise for saving child at Christiansburg pool

    Boy receives praise for saving child at Christiansburg pool

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:53:31 GMT
    Xavier shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved the boy in trouble. Xavier shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved the boy in trouble.
    Praise continues for a 7-year-old boy who jumped into action to save another young kid from drowning at a Christiansburg pool.
    Praise continues for a 7-year-old boy who jumped into action to save another young kid from drowning at a Christiansburg pool.
  • Elliston Fire Department rallies around member with cancer

    Elliston Fire Department rallies around member with cancer

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:42:06 GMT
    Elliston (WSLS) - Volunteer fire departments give so much to our communities.Now, one NRV fire fighter needs help from the community.The Elliston Fire Department is taking care of one of their own not with just words of encouragement, but actions of care.At 60-something years old Paul Herrell can't get around as quickly as he used to.He walks with a cane, lost an arm in an accident and was recently diagnosed with stag...
    Elliston (WSLS) - Volunteer fire departments give so much to our communities.Now, one NRV fire fighter needs help from the community.The Elliston Fire Department is taking care of one of their own not with just words of encouragement, but actions of care.At 60-something years old Paul Herrell can't get around as quickly as he used to.He walks with a cane, lost an arm in an accident and was recently diagnosed with stag...
  • Formerly homeless child raises awareness for Roanoke Rescue Mission

    Formerly homeless child raises awareness for Roanoke Rescue Mission

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:41 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:41:04 GMT
    "Packing the Park" of Wednesday's Salem Red Sox game also makes a difference for the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
    "Packing the Park" of Wednesday's Salem Red Sox game also makes a difference for the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
  • Roanoke AAU track team raising money for Junior Olympics

    Roanoke AAU track team raising money for Junior Olympics

    Monday, July 14 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:16:30 GMT
    A Roanoke middle schooler with a heart for giving is now asking for the community's help to get his track team to the AAU Junior Olympics in Iowa.
    A Roanoke middle schooler with a heart for giving is now asking for the community's help to get his track team to the AAU Junior Olympics in Iowa.
  • Roanoke woman warns teens about tanning safety

    Roanoke woman warns teens about tanning safety

    Friday, July 11 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-07-11 23:58:44 GMT
    (soucre: adventurewithmelanoma.blogspot.com)(soucre: adventurewithmelanoma.blogspot.com)
    A local woman has made it her mission to make sure we take care of our skin when we're outside. Chelsea Dawson has taken her battle with cancer and put it in writing to help others.
    A local woman has made it her mission to make sure we take care of our skin when we're outside. Chelsea Dawson has taken her battle with cancer and put it in writing to help others.
  • Girls Rock Roanoke has space for more campers

    Girls Rock Roanoke has space for more campers

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:48:30 GMT
    Girls Rock Roanoke camp is back for a second year in the Star City.
    Girls Rock Roanoke camp is back for a second year in the Star City.
  • God's Pit Crew to build home in tornado ravaged Mississippi

    God's Pit Crew to build home in tornado ravaged Mississippi

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:33 GMT
    One week after arriving in Louisville, Mississippi God's Pit Crew volunteers are on their way home. Crews helped clean up 21 different properties. The crew set up in the parking lot of a local church and the pastor says he had no idea what he was getting into when he agreed to let God's Pit Crew set up base there. “My church is unscathed and so close, I thought surely we can help the helpers and so I said bring it on...
    One week after arriving in Louisville, Mississippi God's Pit Crew volunteers are on their way home. Crews helped clean up 21 different properties. The crew set up in the parking lot of a local church and the pastor says he had no idea what he was getting into when he agreed to let God's Pit Crew set up base there. “My church is unscathed and so close, I thought surely we can help the helpers and so I said bring it on...
  • Roanoke City Police Sergeant honors co-worker's son with Muscular Dystrophy

    Roanoke City Police Sergeant honors co-worker's son with Muscular Dystrophy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:27 GMT
    We all know police officers support each other on the job, but one Roanoke City Sergeant is proving the same off the clock. Sergeant Jason Hicks is "going to jail" in honor of co-worker's son who’s suffering from muscular dystrophy. When an email went out the entire police force asking for volunteers to raise money for the Roanoke Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual lock-up Sgt. Hicks thought of his co-wor...
    We all know police officers support each other on the job, but one Roanoke City Sergeant is proving the same off the clock. Sergeant Jason Hicks is "going to jail" in honor of co-worker's son who’s suffering from muscular dystrophy. When an email went out the entire police force asking for volunteers to raise money for the Roanoke Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual lock-up Sgt. Hicks thought of his co-wor...
  • The Salvation Army receives matching grant after raising $58,000

    The Salvation Army receives matching grant after raising $58,000

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:16 GMT
    For the past several months the Salvation Army has hit the ground fundraising for a promised matching grant. Back at the beginning of the year two anonymous donors promised a total of $103,000. if the non-profit raised $58,000. With just days before the deadline the Salvation Army says they not only raised the needed money, but an additional $5,700 as well. This is good news, because the non-profit was down in donat...
    For the past several months the Salvation Army has hit the ground fundraising for a promised matching grant. Back at the beginning of the year two anonymous donors promised a total of $103,000. if the non-profit raised $58,000. With just days before the deadline the Salvation Army says they not only raised the needed money, but an additional $5,700 as well. This is good news, because the non-profit was down in donat...
  • Roanoke County student makes prom a reality for autistic senior

    Roanoke County student makes prom a reality for autistic senior

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:04 GMT
    It's prom season, so high school students all across the area are picking out dresses, tuxes, and planning out the big night. One Roanoke County student has decided to give up the dance tradition with her boyfriend to make a difference for a fellow student with autism. Northside Senior Bridget Neal asked Joshua Smith to the prom after learning his mother Kathy posted on Facebook how badly her autistic son wanted to g...
    It's prom season, so high school students all across the area are picking out dresses, tuxes, and planning out the big night. One Roanoke County student has decided to give up the dance tradition with her boyfriend to make a difference for a fellow student with autism. Northside Senior Bridget Neal asked Joshua Smith to the prom after learning his mother Kathy posted on Facebook how badly her autistic son wanted to g...
  • Northside High School prom a dream come true for one student

    Northside High School prom a dream come true for one student

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:43 GMT
    Prom is a special night for teens across the country, but for one local senior it was a moment he will never forget. Bridget Neal made a difference for her friend with autism Joshua Smith by taking him to the prom Saturday. We tagged along as Bridget and Josh got ready for the dance. She first got her hair and make-up done. Then, the two took pictures at local landmarks. “It's been amazing, it's been a whole lot of...
    Prom is a special night for teens across the country, but for one local senior it was a moment he will never forget. Bridget Neal made a difference for her friend with autism Joshua Smith by taking him to the prom Saturday. We tagged along as Bridget and Josh got ready for the dance. She first got her hair and make-up done. Then, the two took pictures at local landmarks. “It's been amazing, it's been a whole lot of...
  • Lord Botetourt High School makes statement with prom king and queen vote

    Lord Botetourt High School makes statement with prom king and queen vote

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:33 GMT
    Lord Botetourt High School celebrated prom this past weekend. It’s a special night where seniors voted two special education students as their king and queen. Scrolling on the announcements in the school's lobby is a picture of Josh Leonard and Ashley Stevens this year's prom king and queen. While Ashley is a little shy, Josh has no problem reliving the moment he was crowned king for the camera. Prom sponsors say the...
    Lord Botetourt High School celebrated prom this past weekend. It’s a special night where seniors voted two special education students as their king and queen. Scrolling on the announcements in the school's lobby is a picture of Josh Leonard and Ashley Stevens this year's prom king and queen. While Ashley is a little shy, Josh has no problem reliving the moment he was crowned king for the camera. Prom sponsors say the...
  • Fincastle Baptist Church to host first ever Freedom Fest Sunday

    Fincastle Baptist Church to host first ever Freedom Fest Sunday

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:20 GMT
    Fincastle Baptist Church is starting a new Memorial Day tradition this Sunday. Volunteers are gearing up for the first ever Freedom Fest. The event will honor not only veterans, but local first responders and law enforcement with fireworks, music and giveaways. Organizers say the feedback has been great and they have one goal in mind. “Feed back's been great, phones ringing off the hook, we've got a lot of buzz I thi...
    Fincastle Baptist Church is starting a new Memorial Day tradition this Sunday. Volunteers are gearing up for the first ever Freedom Fest. The event will honor not only veterans, but local first responders and law enforcement with fireworks, music and giveaways. Organizers say the feedback has been great and they have one goal in mind. “Feed back's been great, phones ringing off the hook, we've got a lot of buzz I thi...
  • Patient thanks Roanoke County EMS for hiking mountain in snow to respond to call

    Patient thanks Roanoke County EMS for hiking mountain in snow to respond to call

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:19 GMT
    As we mark the end of "National EMS Week" we know our first responders do so much in our time of need. One incredible example of that is two Roanoke County first responders hiked more than a mile, in the snow, up a mountain to help a man in severe pain. This week was the first time Fred Will had talked with the guys at Roanoke County's Clearbrook station since the snowy night of February 13th - the night he broke his...
    As we mark the end of "National EMS Week" we know our first responders do so much in our time of need. One incredible example of that is two Roanoke County first responders hiked more than a mile, in the snow, up a mountain to help a man in severe pain. This week was the first time Fred Will had talked with the guys at Roanoke County's Clearbrook station since the snowy night of February 13th - the night he broke his...
  • Bob Slaughter bust unveiled at National D-Day Memorial

    Bob Slaughter bust unveiled at National D-Day Memorial

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:11 GMT
    The D-Day Memorial will see about 8,000 people for its 70th anniversary in June. The D-Day Memorial will see about 8,000 people for its 70th anniversary in June.
    Hundreds make their way into the national D-Day memorial to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom. The ceremony, including a flyover, took some veterans right back to the days of their service. “A lot of memories there. A lot of sad memories, but it was good to see such a great turn out and the people that were there have to be as patriotic as they were many, many years ago,” explained Daniel Villari...
    Hundreds make their way into the national D-Day memorial to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom. The ceremony, including a flyover, took some veterans right back to the days of their service. “A lot of memories there. A lot of sad memories, but it was good to see such a great turn out and the people that were there have to be as patriotic as they were many, many years ago,” explained Daniel Villari...
  • Botetourt Education Foundation auctioning off new tiny house

    Botetourt Education Foundation auctioning off new tiny house

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:01 GMT
    If you're in the market for a “Tiny House" you can buy one already built and make a difference for technical education students at the same time. On the front lawn of Lord Botetourt High School sits a newly built house. The Botetourt Education Foundation paid for the supplies for students at the Botetourt Technical Education Center to build the home. Foundation leaders say it's important to invest in these students. ...
    If you're in the market for a “Tiny House" you can buy one already built and make a difference for technical education students at the same time. On the front lawn of Lord Botetourt High School sits a newly built house. The Botetourt Education Foundation paid for the supplies for students at the Botetourt Technical Education Center to build the home. Foundation leaders say it's important to invest in these students. ...
  • Local non-profits capitalize on thrift store movement

    Local non-profits capitalize on thrift store movement

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:54 GMT
    Roanoke Rescue Mission will get a big upgrade thanks to a local church.Roanoke Rescue Mission will get a big upgrade thanks to a local church.
    Non-profits are always looking for new ways to raise money for their causes. While selling second hand stuff isn't a new idea it is growing in popularity. Recently, the Roanoke Rescue Mission opened a new drive thru in front of its new thrift store on Route 460. It’s the third retail store helping to keep the mission's doors open and food on the table. The leader in the thrift industry is of course, Goodwill. Goodwil...
    Non-profits are always looking for new ways to raise money for their causes. While selling second hand stuff isn't a new idea it is growing in popularity. Recently, the Roanoke Rescue Mission opened a new drive thru in front of its new thrift store on Route 460. It’s the third retail store helping to keep the mission's doors open and food on the table. The leader in the thrift industry is of course, Goodwill. Goodwil...
  • Radford president reflects on Maya Angelou's impact on university

    Radford president reflects on Maya Angelou's impact on university

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:53 GMT
    Maya Angelou also played a big role at one university in our area. Angelou served as a visiting professor at Radford University back in 1989. Then years later she spoke at the inauguration of Radford’s first female president, Penelope Kyle. President Kyle recalls the impact Angelou made on the audience. “It was simply amazing. I have been hearing from so many women today who were there in that audience and the minute...
    Maya Angelou also played a big role at one university in our area. Angelou served as a visiting professor at Radford University back in 1989. Then years later she spoke at the inauguration of Radford’s first female president, Penelope Kyle. President Kyle recalls the impact Angelou made on the audience. “It was simply amazing. I have been hearing from so many women today who were there in that audience and the minute...
  • Blue Ridge Music Festival is homecoming for band Old Dominion

    Blue Ridge Music Festival is homecoming for band Old Dominion

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:51 GMT
    The Blue Ridge Music Festival is this Saturday and for one band it's a homecoming. "Old Dominion" takes the stage at 11 a.m. and four of the five members are from Virginia. Front man Matt Ramsey graduated from James River High School in Botetourt County where his mom still works as a teacher. Ramsey says his parents and the town of Buchanan have been huge supporters over the years. “They're my biggest fans. My mom an...
    The Blue Ridge Music Festival is this Saturday and for one band it's a homecoming. "Old Dominion" takes the stage at 11 a.m. and four of the five members are from Virginia. Front man Matt Ramsey graduated from James River High School in Botetourt County where his mom still works as a teacher. Ramsey says his parents and the town of Buchanan have been huge supporters over the years. “They're my biggest fans. My mom an...
  • Dozens scale The Patrick Henry building for Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Dozens scale The Patrick Henry building for Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:44 GMT
    Volunteers and community leaders went "Over the Edge" of the Patrick Henry Building Friday. Rappelling crews rigged the side of the building to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Roanoke Valley. Those who signed up to take part and organizers are very happy with the response from the community. “It was such a new idea that I thought I got to participate and I think Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a terri...
    Volunteers and community leaders went "Over the Edge" of the Patrick Henry Building Friday. Rappelling crews rigged the side of the building to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Roanoke Valley. Those who signed up to take part and organizers are very happy with the response from the community. “It was such a new idea that I thought I got to participate and I think Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a terri...
  • Organizers planning for 2015 Over the Edge fundraiser

    Organizers planning for 2015 Over the Edge fundraiser

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:34 GMT
    Just days after the ropes and all the gear are gone Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking to next year's "Over the Edge" event. Friday and Saturday, nearly 60 people rappelled the Patrick Henry Building to raise money for the non-profit. Organizers say they fell about $10,000 short of their $90,000 goal, but over all they were extremely pleased with the response from the community. Organizers hope to have a date for ne...
    Just days after the ropes and all the gear are gone Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking to next year's "Over the Edge" event. Friday and Saturday, nearly 60 people rappelled the Patrick Henry Building to raise money for the non-profit. Organizers say they fell about $10,000 short of their $90,000 goal, but over all they were extremely pleased with the response from the community. Organizers hope to have a date for ne...
  • Botetourt County middle school students lead fundraiser for classmate

    Botetourt County middle school students lead fundraiser for classmate

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:15 GMT
    A Botetourt County student has been out of school for months now fighting for his life. 7th grader Dakota Perry was diagnosed with stage four Wilms tumor in March. When word spread about Dakota’s diagnosis Central Academy Middle School rallied to help thanks to a student-led effort. This year money raised in the annual student-teacher basketball tournament will go to Dakota's family for medical expenses. It’s the sec...
    A Botetourt County student has been out of school for months now fighting for his life. 7th grader Dakota Perry was diagnosed with stage four Wilms tumor in March. When word spread about Dakota’s diagnosis Central Academy Middle School rallied to help thanks to a student-led effort. This year money raised in the annual student-teacher basketball tournament will go to Dakota's family for medical expenses. It’s the sec...
  • Attempted armed robbery at Kmart in Alleghany County

    Attempted armed robbery at Kmart in Alleghany County

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:06 GMT
    The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an attempted armed robbery at KmartThursday afternoon. According to Sheriff Kevin Hall two suspects are in custody right now. One person demanded money from a cashier at gunpoint while the other waited in the car. It happened shortly after 2 o’clock. No charges have been filed yet.
    The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after an attempted armed robbery at KmartThursday afternoon. According to Sheriff Kevin Hall two suspects are in custody right now. One person demanded money from a cashier at gunpoint while the other waited in the car. It happened shortly after 2 o’clock. No charges have been filed yet.
  • Roanoke County police search for missing man

    Roanoke County police search for missing man

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:01 GMT
    Roanoke County Policeare asking for the public'shelp findinga missing person from Roanoke County. 20-year-old Jordan Keith Childressis missing and was last heard from on Wednesday.Police believe Jordan may be in danger. We're told he often times hangs out at the Salem Skate Park. JHe's about 6'0 tall and168 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Please contact the Roanoke County Police Department at 540-562-3265if you know of any information regarding Jordan.
    Roanoke County Policeare asking for the public'shelp findinga missing person from Roanoke County. 20-year-old Jordan Keith Childressis missing and was last heard from on Wednesday.Police believe Jordan may be in danger. We're told he often times hangs out at the Salem Skate Park. JHe's about 6'0 tall and168 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Please contact the Roanoke County Police Department at 540-562-3265if you know of any information regarding Jordan.
  • Goodwill holds upcycle contest

    Goodwill holds upcycle contest

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:00 GMT
    What's old is new again! With a recent push to capitalize on the popularity of Pinterest and thrift store upcycles Goodwill is looking for the most creative shoppers. Between now and the end of July Goodwill is holding a contest, looking for the "Ultimate Upcycler." Organizers want shoppers to take before and after pictures of things they buy in the store and turn into something else. “It really is a movement for fol...
    What's old is new again! With a recent push to capitalize on the popularity of Pinterest and thrift store upcycles Goodwill is looking for the most creative shoppers. Between now and the end of July Goodwill is holding a contest, looking for the "Ultimate Upcycler." Organizers want shoppers to take before and after pictures of things they buy in the store and turn into something else. “It really is a movement for fol...
  • Healing Strides of Virginia sees uptick in volunteers

    Healing Strides of Virginia sees uptick in volunteers

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:46 GMT
    Healing Strides of Virginia is getting ready to kick off their summer session at the end of June with a list full of new volunteers. A couple months ago the therapeutic riding program put out a call for help after getting low on volunteers. Since our first story aired viewers have really stepped up. They've had three volunteer training sessions since then with about 15 people each. In one of those sessions 10 out of ...
    Healing Strides of Virginia is getting ready to kick off their summer session at the end of June with a list full of new volunteers. A couple months ago the therapeutic riding program put out a call for help after getting low on volunteers. Since our first story aired viewers have really stepped up. They've had three volunteer training sessions since then with about 15 people each. In one of those sessions 10 out of ...
  • Bike camp for special needs students looking for volunteers

    Bike camp for special needs students looking for volunteers

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:32 GMT
    A camp making sure everyone can ride a bike is coming back to Roanoke. "I Can Shine Bike Camp" kicks off next month for the second year.
    A camp making sure everyone can ride a bike is coming back to Roanoke. "I Can Shine Bike Camp" kicks off next month for the second year.
  • New non-profit helps women transition out of jail

    New non-profit helps women transition out of jail

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:25 GMT
    Roanoke City Jail now offering video visitations for inmates and visitorsRoanoke City Jail now offering video visitations for inmates and visitors
    A new Roanoke non-profit is working to help woman be successful after they serve time in jail or prison.
    A new Roanoke non-profit is working to help woman be successful after they serve time in jail or prison.
  • Dancing with the Valley Stars begins online fundraising

    Dancing with the Valley Stars begins online fundraising

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:24 GMT
    Dancing with the Valley Stars is in full swing and the donation website officially went live Thursday.
    Dancing with the Valley Stars is in full swing and the donation website officially went live Thursday.
  • Dancing with the Valley Stars kicks off fundraising

    Dancing with the Valley Stars kicks off fundraising

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:18 GMT
    The 4th annual Dancing with the Valley Stars kicked off Thursday night.
    The 4th annual Dancing with the Valley Stars kicked off Thursday night.
  • Roanoke volunteer state finalist in Cox Conserves Heroes program

    Roanoke volunteer state finalist in Cox Conserves Heroes program

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:08 GMT
    The Cox Conserves Heroes Program honors volunteers across Virginia who give their time to the environment and one Roanoke volunteer is a state finalist. Brian Batteiger has volunteered with Pathfinders for Greenways for 15 years now. Brian uses equipment to build trails for hikers and bikers. He's already won $2,500 as a finalist and could walk away with another $7,500 for the Greenways. Brian says he's honored to be...
    The Cox Conserves Heroes Program honors volunteers across Virginia who give their time to the environment and one Roanoke volunteer is a state finalist. Brian Batteiger has volunteered with Pathfinders for Greenways for 15 years now. Brian uses equipment to build trails for hikers and bikers. He's already won $2,500 as a finalist and could walk away with another $7,500 for the Greenways. Brian says he's honored to be...
  • Golfer to play 100 holes in a day for MS Society

    Golfer to play 100 holes in a day for MS Society

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:00 GMT
    Golfing fans just wrapped up a big weekend with the finish of the U.S. Open on NBC, but one local man is gearing up for his big day on the course. Todd Ramsey is taking part in what's called a "Hundred Hole Hike." Todd will spend all day Thursday playing 100 holes of golf to raise money for multiple sclerosis. He'll start at 7:30 a.m. and play until he finishes all the holes. We caught up with Todd as he's getting s...
    Golfing fans just wrapped up a big weekend with the finish of the U.S. Open on NBC, but one local man is gearing up for his big day on the course. Todd Ramsey is taking part in what's called a "Hundred Hole Hike." Todd will spend all day Thursday playing 100 holes of golf to raise money for multiple sclerosis. He'll start at 7:30 a.m. and play until he finishes all the holes. We caught up with Todd as he's getting s...
  • Franklin County family helps patients with heart problems

    Franklin County family helps patients with heart problems

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:48 GMT
    Tinlee takes selfieTinlee takes selfie
    This past weekend's Diamond Dig fundraiser at Haywood Jewelers' Westlake location was a success, but it was one little heart defect survivor who really stole the show.
    This past weekend's Diamond Dig fundraiser at Haywood Jewelers' Westlake location was a success, but it was one little heart defect survivor who really stole the show.
  • Moneta EMTs helped victims in tractor accident on Layman Family Farm

    Moneta EMTs helped victims in tractor accident on Layman Family Farm

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:14 GMT
    Two EMTs stepped into action to help three people hurt at Layman Family Farms last Friday night after a tractor hauling a flatbed ran into a ditch. Fortunately, Wendy and Brian Helman, both trained EMTs,
    Two EMTs stepped into action to help three people hurt at Layman Family Farms last Friday night after a tractor hauling a flatbed ran into a ditch.
  • Salem High School students painting pumpkins for victims of house fire

    Salem High School students painting pumpkins for victims of house fire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:13 GMT
    Art students at Salem High School are raising money to help the Petty family get back on their feet after a house fire. The students are making a difference by custom painting pumpkins with spooky art,
    Art students at Salem High School are raising money to help the Petty family get back on their feet after a house fire.
  • Boston Red Sox players shave to make a difference for bombing victims

    Boston Red Sox players shave to make a difference for bombing victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:13 GMT
    "No Shave November" isn't happening for the Boston Red Sox. Players David Ortiz and Shane Victorino shed their beards to make a difference. Gillette is donating $100,000 to the One Fund in honor the
    "No Shave November" isn't happening for the Boston Red Sox.
  • God's Pit Crew raising money for typhoon victims

    God's Pit Crew raising money for typhoon victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:12 GMT
    Danville based God's Pit Crew is helping raise money for their partners Operation Compassion. Compassion is first sending money to the Philippines to help with the immediate needs of typhoon victims. Then,
    Danville based God's Pit Crew is helping raise money for their partners Operation Compassion.
  • Word of Truth Ministries is working together with GFTW for typhoon victims

    Word of Truth Ministries is working together with GFTW for typhoon victims

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:11 GMT
    Gleaning for the World is collecting needed supplies for typhoon victims. Whether you live in Roanoke, Bedford or Lynchburg you can help. Word of Truth Ministries is working together with Gleaning to
    Gleaning for the World is collecting needed supplies for typhoon victims.
  • UPDATE: Police say no indicators Greenway shooting victim knew suspect

    UPDATE: Police say no indicators Greenway shooting victim knew suspect

    UPDATE: Police say no indicators Greenway shooting victim knew suspect

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:09 GMT
    According to Roanoke City Police a shooting suspect is at large after one person was shot on the Roanoke River Greenway near the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road. Police say the victim has non-life threatening injuries. The call came in around 8:55.
    According to Roanoke City Police a shooting suspect is at large after one person was shot on the Roanoke River Greenway near the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road. Police say the victim has non-life threatening injuries. The call came in around 8:55.
  • Savannah Day hands out toys to hospital patients on St. Patrick's Day

    Savannah Day hands out toys to hospital patients on St. Patrick's Day

    Thursday, June 19 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-06-19 23:02:38 GMT
    Botetourt County teen Savannah Day spent Monday afternoon at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital delivering smiles to children. Savannah went room to room handing out toys to the little patients. This isn't the first time she has done this. In fact, Savannah and her sisters organized a toy drive back at Christmas for patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which is where she underwent brain surgery. “During our j...
    Botetourt County teen Savannah Day spent Monday afternoon at Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital delivering smiles to children. Savannah went room to room handing out toys to the little patients. This isn't the first time she has done this. In fact, Savannah and her sisters organized a toy drive back at Christmas for patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which is where she underwent brain surgery. “During our j...
  • Dozens honored at WSLS American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

    Dozens honored at WSLS American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

    Tuesday morning dozens of people were honored at the WSLS 10 American Red Cross Heroes breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel in Roanoke. This is the 10th year for the event that recognizes people in our communities
    Tuesday morning dozens of people were honored at the WSLS 10 American Red Cross Heroes breakfast at the Sheraton Hotel in Roanoke.
  • Red Cross honors Ron Kotz as Military Hero for years of serving our veterans

    Red Cross honors Ron Kotz as Military Hero for years of serving our veterans

    Each year WSLS teams up with the American Red Cross to honor the people many of you consider your heroes. First, we recognize our military hero Ron Kotz After serving in the navy for 16 years Ron is
    Each year WSLS teams up with the American Red Cross to honor the people many of you consider your heroes.
  • Vinton family physician named Red Cross Medical Hero

    Vinton family physician named Red Cross Medical Hero

    We honor another one of our Red Cross Heroes, our Medical Hero, Dr. Mark Watts. Back in 2004, Dr. Watts co-founded Project Access, a local non-profit that provides medical care to people who work, but
    Dr. Mark Watts named Red Cross Medical hero.
  • Roanoke City high school principal named "Education Hero"

    Roanoke City high school principal named "Education Hero"

    Educators make a difference every day in the lives of our children. WSLS and the Red Cross honor our "Education Hero," Connie Ratcliffe, Principal of Patrick Henry High School. Ratcliffe started out
    WSLS and the Red Cross honor our "Education Hero," Connie Ratcliffe, Principal of Patrick Henry High School.
  • Roanoke County firefighters honored as Red Cross Heroes for saving dog

    Roanoke County firefighters honored as Red Cross Heroes for saving dog

    We honor our WSLS Red Cross firefighter heroes after they rescued a dog from a burning apartment building. You may remember back in April a fire gutted this building a cedar pointed in Roanoke County. Everyone
    We honor our WSLS Red Cross fire fighter heroes after they rescued a dog from a burning apartment building.
  • WSLS and Red Cross honor state trooper as Law Enforcement Hero

    WSLS and Red Cross honor state trooper as Law Enforcement Hero

    WSLS and the Red Cross honor our Law Enforcement Hero, Master Trooper Todd Haynes. Last July, Trooper Haynes was driving home from work in Rocky Mount when he witnessed a woman flip her car. The driver
    WSLS and the Red Cross honor our Law Enforcement Hero, Master Trooper Todd Haynes.
  • Franklin County men honored as WSLS and Red Cross Good Samaritan Heroes

    Franklin County men honored as WSLS and Red Cross Good Samaritan Heroes

    After witnessing an accident and stopping to help WSLS and the Red Cross honors our Good Samaritan Heroes. Charles and Andrew Hairston, along with Travis Johnson, were driving from work in Rocky Mount
    Charles and Andrew Hairston, along with Travis Johnson, were driving from work in Rocky Mount last July when they saw a woman flip her car and land in a fenced in ditch.
  • Roanoke Catholic student named "Community Impact Hero"

    Roanoke Catholic student named "Community Impact Hero"

    Being a hero doesn't mean you have to be an adult. WSLS and the Red Cross honors our "Community Impact Hero," Roanoke Catholic High School Junior, Ann Clare Levy. Ann Clare is the executive director
    Being a hero doesn't mean you have to be an adult.  WSLS and the Red Cross honors our "Community Impact Hero," Roanoke Catholic High School Junior, Ann Clare Levy.
  • Late Boones Mill firefighter honored as WSLS and Red Cross "Good Samaritan Hero"

    Late Boones Mill firefighter honored as WSLS and Red Cross "Good Samaritan Hero"

    A local firefighter killed on his way to work is hailed as the WSLS and Red Cross Good Samaritan Hero. Boones Mill firefighter, John Echternach, Jr., was hit by a tree during the June derecho as he tried
    A local firefighter killed on his way to work is hailed as the WSLS and Red Cross Good Samaritan Hero.
  • Salem EMS honored as WSLS and Red Cross "First Responder Heroes"

    Salem EMS honored as WSLS and Red Cross "First Responder Heroes"

    Some would call her a miracle child, but she's alive in part thanks to the group of men and women who are now being honored as the WSLS and American Red Cross first responder heroes. At 9 o'clock the
    Some would call her a miracle child, but she's alive in part thanks to the group of men and women who are now being honored as the WSLS and American Red Cross first responder heroes.
  • Arbor Hickerson and Lindsey Edwards are the WSLS - Red Cross "911 Dispatch Heroes"

    Arbor Hickerson and Lindsey Edwards are the WSLS - Red Cross "911 Dispatch Heroes"

    Arbor Hickerson and Lindsey Edwards are the WSLS - Red Cross "911 Dispatch Heroes." The night of April 17th, 2012 a call came into the 911 center for a woman in labor. The dispatcher acted quickly while
    Arbor Hickerson and Lindsey Edwards are the WSLS - Red Cross "911 Dispatch Heroes."
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