Archive for July, 2012

Monument to be erected to Salem jet pilot – 60 years later

Monday, July 30th, 2012
Monument to be erected to Salem jet pilot – 60 years later SALEM – On Oct. 20, Air Force Capt. Fred H. Stevens who grew up in Salem will be honored 60 years after his death. He died while performing in an air show for the United States Air Force in Westfield, Mass., on Oct. 19, 1952, son Charles L. Stevens said. The ceremony will be... »

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Family Dollar Store at East Vinton Plaza robbed

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
VINTON – The Family Dollar Store located in the East Vinton Plaza on Washington Avenue in the Vinton was robbed Wednesday, according to the Roanoke County Police Department. At 12:24 p.m. Wednesday a white male entered the Family Dollar Store in East Vinton Plaza. The subject approached one of the cashiers and made a... »

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Kessinger, Eugene Lenair

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Eugene Lenair Kessinger 68, of New Castle went to join his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Wesley and Odessa Kessinger. He is survived by his wife Sharon Kessinger; children Maggie, Lauren, and Westly Kessinger, all of New Castle; brothers, Gary Kessinger of Waiteville,... »

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Farm Camp plants a ‘seed’

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Farm Camp plants a ‘seed’ SIMMONSVILLE – Although Craig County kids are more likely to know how their food was grown or raised, not all young people do. That’s why Sue Bostic sponsored two sessions of a day-long Farm Camp at her family’s tree and pumpkin farm, Joe’s Trees in the Simmonsville area of Craig County near Newport. “I’m... »

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Kitts named principal at Blacksburg High School

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Brian Kitts was named principal at Blacksburg High School today. Kitts most recently served as assistant principal at Eastern Montgomery High School and principal at Kipps Elementary School. “I hope to work with the students and staff members at Blacksburg to help each student be successful individually,” said Kitts. “The high school environment is... »

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Appalachian Power requests workers in preparation for storm

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Appalachian Power is monitoring a storm system moving across the Midwest this morning that is expected to bring severe weather to the company’s service area later this evening. While there remains some doubt as to how severe, wind gusts as high as 65 miles per hour are predicted and the company is taking steps... »

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Fred Cramer’s nature art goes on display at Vinton Town Hall

Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Fred Cramer’s nature art goes on display at Vinton Town Hall VINTON–Artist Fred Cramer came to Vinton in the 1940’s when he was eleven years old. His grandfather had purchased some property on what is now Feather Road and then sold parcels to his sons. At that time, Cramer’s father, John, painted buses for the Safety Motor Transit Corporation. Money was tight and John Cramer... »

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Vinton was bustling on July 14

Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Vinton was bustling on July 14 VINTON–The Town of Vinton was recently the recipient of a $700,000 downtown revitalization grant, but on July 14, the Farmer’s Market area in downtown was already looking very energetic.  An Art Market and Food Tasting event, sponsored by the Town’s Special Programs department, started at 9:00 a.m. Activities continued throughout the day and evening... »

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Second grader serves as honorary mayor of Vinton

Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Second grader serves as  honorary mayor of Vinton VINTON–Honorary Mayor Jacob Dickerson struck the gavel to open the July 17 meeting of Vinton Town Council. Dickerson is a rising second grader at Herman L. Horn Elementary School in Vinton.  His mother, Cindy Dickerson, submitted the highest bid of $16.00 during a silent auction at a school fair sponsored by the PTA to... »

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Friends of the Library honor the Vinton Public Library staff

Saturday, July 21st, 2012
Friends of the Library honor the Vinton Public Library staff VINTON–The Roanoke County Friends of the Library (FOL) treated the staff of the Vinton Public Library to lunch on July 16. They plan to hold staff appreciation luncheons at all six County libraries. “It’s a small way to say thank you for all their dedication and hard work,” said Lorraine Bratton, member of the... »

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