The Town of Boones Mill has announced a matching grant opportunity that will help move the historic train depot before it is demolished by Norfolk-Southern for safety concerns. The town has already received a $50,000 challenge grant. Mayor Ben Flora says they are working on the other 50,000 needed by May 1st. The historic train depot sits on Norfolk-Southern property. Flora says the town would like to turn it into a cultural center…The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is collecting donations on behalf of Boones Mill. The official donation form can be found on the Boones Mill town website (www.townofboonesmill.org) or on the “Restoring the Boones Mill Norfolk & Western Railroad Station” Facebook page.The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is accepting the donations on behalf of the Town of Boones Mill. Donations can also be mailed to:
Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation Attn: Boones Mill Depot Fund PO Box 1366 Roanoke, VA 24007
WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with Mayor Flora about the historic depot’s significance to the town:
WFIR’s Gene Marrano has an extended conversation with Froth owner Michael Carroll on his purchase of the coffee shop (from former owner Luke Higginbotham):
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is not entitled to more details on what they claim he did wrong. McDonnell’s lawyers have complained that the 14-count indictment in his public corruption case is too vague. They’re asking for a “bill of particulars” spelling out in more detail exactly how he allegedly broke the law. In court papers filed Monday, prosecutors urged a judge to reject the request. They said the indictment fairly apprises McDonnell of the charges, allows him to prepare a defense and enables him to avoid undue surprise at trial. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a health supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products.
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Police in Danville are investigating the theft of more than $15,000 worth of manhole covers that were stolen from various parts of the city. Nearly 50 manhole covers have gone missing, including more than 30 covers that were taken from one area alone.