Running legend Dick Beardsley guest of honor for Blue Ridge Marathon

Dick BeardsleyThe Blue Ridge Marathon guest-of-honor this year is Dick Beardsley – who has the third fastest time ever for an American born marathoner … he ran a 3 mile “shakeout” this morning with local runners who will take part in the Blue Ridge full or half marathon (or the Star 10K) tomorrow … Beardsley is a former Olympian best known for his epic battle with Alberto Salazar at the 1982 Boston Marathon … memorialized in the book, “A Duel in the Sun.” He talks about those infamous hills in the Roanoke race and about motivation with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Jefferson Center launches fundraising campaign

Jeff Center-Cyrus PaceJefferson Center took the wraps off a capital campaign today – looking to ensure long-term viability for the cultural center … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Mock disaster this morning in an “Interprofessional” exercise

WFIR Health NewsJefferson College of Health Sciences is teaming up with two other Carilion affiliates for a mock disaster drill this morning … an “Interprofessional Simulation” … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Say farewell, it appears, to the Roanoke postmark

USPS LogoBarring an unforeseen last-minute change, the days of the Roanoke postmark appear to be near an end. The Postal Service plans to start sending Roanoke-area mail to Greensboro for processing as soon as this weekend. It is part of a much largerĀ  Postal Service consolidation in efforts to cut costs, but as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, postal workers question its effectiveness.

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