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Highland Games return to Green Hill Park for 8th year

Friday, August 26, 2016
By Debbie Adams
Highland Games return to Green Hill Park for 8th year VINTON–Marni Smith is a Vinton librarian; Libby Weiner works in medical billing; Dr. Justine Crowley is an orthopedic surgeon with the Salem VA. What do the three have in common? They are all involved in emerging strength sports and heavy athletics in the Roanoke area and will be participating in the Highland Games at... »

Virginia Highland Pipes and Drums appear at the Glebe and Green Hill Highland Games

Friday, August 26, 2016
By Debbie Adams
Virginia Highland Pipes and Drums appear at the Glebe and Green Hill Highland Games VINTON–The Virginia Highland Pipes and  Drums is the oldest bagpipe band in southwestern Virginia, formed in the 1980’s. The bagpipe is generally considered to be the ultimate sound of Scottish folk music. According to their business manager and piper Bob Copenhaver, they entertain for both “celebratory and solemn” occasions throughout the region, including performances... »

Two men recall escaping a tragic outcome

Thursday, August 11, 2016
By Kelsey Bartlett
Two men recall escaping a tragic outcome Forty-eight years ago, Ervin Farmer and Ben Lockhart decided to hitch a ride with a motor sergeant rather than hop a plane that they had already purchased tickets for. Thanks to that decision, they are still alive today. Thirty-seven people onboard weren’t as fortunate. On Aug. 9, 1968, Farmer, now 69, and Lockhart, now... »

Salem and Roanoke Co. neighbors protest proposed nursing home

Thursday, August 11, 2016
By Kelsey Bartlett
Salem and Roanoke Co. neighbors protest proposed nursing home Around 80 Roanoke County and Salem residents gathered at Hidden Valley Country Club on Tuesday evening to protest a 180-bed facility that could be coming to their neighborhood. Medical Facilities of America, a company founded by Fralin and Waldron in 1970, is planning to build a one-story, 95,000-square foot, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center... »

New history from author and educator Deedie Kagey

Monday, August 8, 2016
By Debbie Adams
New history from author and educator Deedie Kagey Vinton–Educator and historian Deedie Kagey has a new book out entitled “From Bonsack to Blue Ridge: A Historical Perspective of Roanoke County and Botetourt County Communities in Transition.” This is her third book. The first was also about the Bonsack area: “Community at the Crossroads: A Study of the Village of Bonsack of the... »

Jay Bell of Vinton wins Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed Challenge

Thursday, August 4, 2016
By Debbie Adams
Jay Bell of Vinton wins Hot Rod Magazine Top Speed Challenge VINTON–Starting in 2005, Hot Rod Magazine began sponsoring the annual Top Speed Challenge. The East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) runs the event. It started off at the mile-long Maxton course in North Carolina, but has now moved to the Ohio Mile in Wilmington, Ohio. The winner of the challenge who turns in the fastest... »

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BREAKING NEWS:  Vinton, VA – On July 28, 2016 at 1:46PM, the Vinton Police Department was contacted and asked to respond to a duplex located in... » Full Story

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