And end to the heat wave is in sight. We should see cooler temperatures by Friday and through the weekend. Today, the National Weather Service cautions us to watch for the possibility of severe thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall and damaging winds this afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are possible again Wednesday and Thursday as the cold front approaches. 93 today, 89 tomorrow, 90 Thursday, low 80’s Friday through Monday.
Jesse Cahill is opening a park and campground on about 18 acres of land along TB Stanley Highway in Bassett. He’s investing $3 million to create 122 RV pads and about 40 tent spaces. The pads will be a mix of both concrete and pull-throughs and will include water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups. Cahill broke ground last week and contractors are cleaning out the river and creek banks. He says he plans to make kayaking and canoeing available from the campground and intends to open in March, 2020.
New questions about President Trump’s stance on gun control measures. With Congress still away on its August recess, the president appears to be backing off on any strengthening background checks. Meanwhile, as the Virginia State Crime Commission began a hearing on proposals to stem gun violence, Gov. Ralph Northam urged lawmakers to pass “commonsense” measures and took a swipe at Republican leaders who called for further study.
Virginia State Police say a Danville man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Pittsylvania County Sunday. 30-year-old Shawn Peterson was going south on Route 869 when he ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree Sunday night. He died at the scene.
Virginia State Police say a Rocky Mount man was killed in a single vehicle accident that happened Friday at 10:14 p.m. on Route 636. 28-year-old Timothy Ray Muterspaugh II drove off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail and overturned. He died at the scene.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of measles outbreaks are continuing to grow. CDC says from Jan. 1 to Aug. 15, 1,203 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 30 states, including Virginia.
It may not be a Federal holiday. But today’s a pretty notable day, at least for us in this business. Today is National Radio Day. Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio. Celebrate the news, information, music, and stories carried across the airwaves.