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Hometown Stories

Jul 26, 2023

The mountains around Eagle Rock, Virginia were the backdrop to the early life of a man you’ve probably never heard of, but whose name a community hopes you now won’t forget. On a July day more than 70 years ago, boxer Norvel Lee made history as Virginia’s first Black Olympic gold medalist. Decades later, the...

Jul 19, 2023

In recent months, a local public school district had to close because of a ransomware attack. 
In the spring, Bluefield University also fell victim that ensnared operations there for weeks. 
Two years ago, our entire region was dealing with the effects of a cyber-attack against the Colonial Pipeline.
As our...

Jul 12, 2023

Arlene Davis likes to tell people she went from the tobacco fields of southwest Virginia to the halls of the White House. The Pittsylvania County woman spent almost three decades working under seven presidents. Her mission was to keep the White House clean and it was a duty she performed admirably. Now her hometown is...

Jul 5, 2023

Roanoke City's Black history is rich and unique. For one Roanoke man, it's also personal. That's why he's taking a unique approach to preserve it.

In this episode of Hometown Stories, we meet Jordan Bell, who gives us a tour of the Gainesboro neighborhood as it was and how he hopes it can be.