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🌱 City Council Candidates Online Forum + Shortage of staff for host families

Good morning! It’s me, Ian, host of the Roanoke Daily. Let’s start this Tuesday off right, with a quick rundown of everything you need to know about what’s happening in town.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Warm with an increasing risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon. So, a typical summer day in Virginia.

High: 98 Low: 75.

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Here are the best stories in Roanoke today:

  1. Some record temperatures are expected to be matched or exceeded in Roanoke this week. Our area is on course for temperatures in the 90s most of the time with records for this date range being 95-98 and set in the 1920s-50s. The culprit responsible is a high pressure system normally called “thermal dome” which will develop throughout the southeastern part of the country. The location of the anticyclonic system increases the risk of thunderstorms. (Roanoke Times)
  2. The four candidates currently vying for the Democratic nomination for Roanoke City Council are scheduled to speak at an online forum later this week. The event will take place on Thursday at 8 p.m. and the primary election on June 21, next Tuesday. WFIR News Talk 960 presenter and director Ian Price will be the moderator and said he plans to ask about school resource officers and the state of the current council structure. (Roanoke Times)
  3. Roanoke-area foster care agencies, like many other industries nationwide, are experiencing staffing shortages and many are unable to meet their needs due to significant delays in the state’s processing of new employee documents, such as background checks. Natalie Elliott Handy, CEO of Intercept Health, said: “I have employees waiting to start and their background checks still haven’t come back and it’s now been six weeks.” State officials said they were upgrading their systems, but in the meantime foster care operators say they have children sleeping in public buildings because there is no there is no other place to go. (WSLS)
  4. A recent graduate shared her goal of positively impacting lives as she looks forward to college. Janae Jones graduated Friday along with other students from William Fleming High School in Roanoke City and said she persevered through the many hardships, including the death of her mother and three classmates, to get to this moment. She plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and major in math, a subject that has become her favorite thanks to the efforts of great teachers. (Roanoke Times)
  5. A new Farm Trail started Sunday morning in Floyd County and allowed people to visit area farms where local foods are grown. Event organizers say they hope to run at least one trail a year to show people up close how the food they eat is made. Farm owner Ed Skopal said: ‘It was inspiring to see people going into the bush, going to the plants for their food and medicine. (WDBJ)

Today in Roanoke:

  • Virginia’s Blue Ridge Series Presented by Ridge View Bank: State of Retail (7:30 a.m.)
  • The Famous Tuesday Night Beer Tour, from Twin Creeks Brewing Co. (5:45 p.m.)
  • Fleet Feet Pub Run & Walk at Big Lick Brewing Co. (6:00 p.m.)
  • School Board Meeting – Roanoke School District (6:30 p.m.)
  • Dance Artist Talk I: Demetia Hopkins (8:00 p.m.)
  • GOTE at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (9:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Roanoke City Public Schools said, “A rainbow appeared over Fallon Park Elementary, just as 5th grade graduation began last week! Thank you to the parent who sent us this amazing photo.” (City of Roanoke Public Schools via Facebook)
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA said, “Temperatures are supposed to be HOT this week! 🥵 Many dogs in our shelter enjoy the pool during the summer months, and Darma is no exception! Pools allow dogs to play, cool off and to have fun !” (Roanoke Valley SPCA via Facebook)
  • Roanoke City Government said, “Belmont/Fallon Target Area Stakeholders: There will be a meeting on Monday, June 13, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at Belmont Christian Church Fellowship Hall (1101 Jamison Ave SE). This meeting is open to the public.” (City of Roanoke, Virginia – Government via Facebook)
  • Roanoke City Market Building said, “Summertime means Bayou Snowball time!” (Roanoke City Market Building via Facebook)
  • Virginia Transportation Museum said, “Schools are out for the summer!! Want a way to celebrate?! Join us at VMT for the first-ever movie at the museum! Admission to the museum is only $5. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie “Night at the Museum” will start at 6:00 p.m. (Virginia Transportation Museum via Facebook)

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About me: Ian Graham is a novelist, screenwriter and freelance writer. His interests are politics, history and religion and the stories and characters he writes about center on the explosive conflicts created when the three intersect. He’s a firm believer in being yourself…unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

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