Archive for December, 2013

2013 in review: tragedy, wet weather and Field of Dreams becomes real

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
2013 in review: tragedy, wet weather and Field of Dreams becomes real CRAIG COUNTY – Top stories in 2013 from the pages of The New Castle Record ran the gamut, from the crushing tragedy of losing three young Craig County High School graduates when their car crashed into a tree, to summer storms that produced heroic efforts to rescue handicapped campers from rising water, and the... »

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When smaller is better: downsizing possessions

Monday, December 30th, 2013
It’s ironic that the two things that attracted late husband Charlie and me to our house on a ridge in East Salem 25 years ago are the two things that I need to change now. Having grown up in what is now called a “farmhouse,” I have always liked dwellings with upper floors for... »

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Thoughts of lambs and lamb chops

Monday, December 30th, 2013
As I write this, I’m about to go home and cook a couple of juicy lamb chops. They will be a special treat, and especially memorable because the lambs they came from were raised by Jake Bostic, a young livestock fellow from Craig County who raised prize-winning sheep this year. He took meat orders... »

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Craig County’s J.C. Winstead to speak at state grazing programs

Monday, December 30th, 2013
CRAIG COUNTY – Craig County Farmer J.C. Winstead will speak at two state forage conferences in Wytheville and Weyers Cave in January. Winstead and his wife, Barbie, graze heifers on their farm in the Meadow Creek section of Craig County just off Rt. 42. He designed his own pasture management system and experimented with... »

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Kindergartners entertain with Christmas program

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Kindergartners entertain with Christmas program SALEM – Kindergarten classes of South Salem Elementary performed an adorable and special Christmas program on Dec. 17, first for the rest of the school and later that evening, for their parents, grandparents and friends. The stage was occupied by a small Christmas tree with presents who just could not sit still. Children sat... »

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Brown experiences Hungarian Christmas customs

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Brown experiences Hungarian Christmas customs SALEM – Christmas in Hungary separates the religious celebration of the Christ Child’s birth from the gift-giving festivities, Melissa Brown discovered. For two Christmases, the 2002 Glenvar High School graduate experienced Christmas as Hungarians celebrate it. She was known as “Brown Nover” or “Sister Brown” while she was a missionary for her church, Jesus... »

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Vinton Celebrates the Holidays 2013, welcomes 2014 at New Year’s Eve Gala

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Vinton Celebrates the Holidays 2013, welcomes 2014 at New Year’s Eve Gala VINTON–The Town of Vinton has been celebrating the holiday season since its annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade on December 5. Actually some citizens began the festivities even before the parade with projects for needy children, seniors, and even pets in the area starting in November. There have been Open Houses at the Vinton History... »

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Civil War comes alive for fifth-graders

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Civil War comes alive for fifth-graders SALEM – A Confederate soldier in full uniform, wearing U.S.-issued brogan shoes and armed with an 1842 Springfield musket calmly answered questions from fifth-graders about how he and his buddies defended Salem from Union invaders 150 years ago. Inside the Salem Museum, Union soldier Larkin Burwell told kids how he came to drive wagonloads... »

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True Christmas arrives in New Castle

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
True Christmas arrives in New Castle CRAIG COUNTY – The true meaning of Christmas arrived in Craig County over the weekend, when churches including First Baptist in New Castle put on live nativity scenes to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. While many held candlelight Christmas services on Dec. 22, others have Christmas Eve services or on Christmas Day.... »

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Vinton “Launches” new Library

Friday, December 20th, 2013
Vinton “Launches” new Library VINTON–Mayor Brad Grose is fond of saying that he has “felt the Lord’s blessing” on the Vinton Library project since its inception, with details falling into place under less than ideal circumstances. If that’s the case, Vinton continued to be blessed on December 5 with perfect weather and a standing room only crowd of... »

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