Archive for December, 2014

Career of public service celebrated

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Career of public service celebrated SALEM – Salem Fire & EMS Chief Pat Counts made a career out of helping people, which is exactly what he wanted. A lifelong Salem resident, Counts answered a special service call Monday for a retirement reception at the Salem Civic Center with a host of friends, family and his firefighter and rescue squad... »

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BCAT Engine Challenge team wins national championship

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
BCAT Engine Challenge team wins national championship VINTON–Students from the Burton Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) won the national championship “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge” in Indianapolis on December 13. According to www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com, “When the dust settled, Burton Center for Arts and Technology from Virginia (Team Nitrous Express) came out in the top spot, with an astonishing 18 minute,... »

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Coach Earp created legacy in Christiansburg

Friday, December 26th, 2014
Coach Earp created legacy in Christiansburg CHRISTIANSBURG — Coach, principal, father, grandfather, Marine. All these words and so much more help sump up James “Buddy” Earp, a well-known retired educator from Christiansburg High School. Now 87, Earp was born in Mountain City, Tennessee in 1927. He was one of five children raised by a single mom and grandmother in Bristol.... »

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Dr. Rebecca Eastwood named Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources

Thursday, December 25th, 2014
Dr. Rebecca Eastwood named Asst. Superintendent of Human Resources VINTON–In a media release from Roanoke County Public Schools, the school board announced that Dr. Rebecca Eastwood has been named the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.  Eastwood was named the Director of Human Resources in June 2013.  She has previously served as the Director of Elementary Instruction and Technology, principal at Mountain View Elementary,... »

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Historic Holdren’s Country Store closing in Vinton

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Historic Holdren’s Country Store closing in Vinton VINTON–Sadly for their many devoted customers, the historic Holdren’s Country Store will be closing by the end of the year. They are going out of business not because of the economy, but because of health problems on the part of owner Carol Holdren. Her son Lee has another business which makes him unable to... »

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WVWA brings Polar Express to Mount Pleasant Elementary

Friday, December 19th, 2014
WVWA brings Polar Express to Mount Pleasant Elementary VINTON–The Western Virginia Water Authority (WVWA) won the Mayor’s Award in the recent Vinton Christmas parade for their “Polar Express” entry. The train-themed float was inspired by the “Polar Express” movie about a young boy riding a magical train to the North Pole and was constructed by WVWA employees. To the delight of students,... »

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PFG employees give back to the community via Angel Tree

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
PFG employees give back to the community via Angel Tree VINTON–Sharon Pandolfini, the Human Resource Generalist at Precision Fabrics Group (PFG), was surprised to see bunk beds listed on an Angel Tree gift request. She was even more surprised when PFG employees pooled their resources to fulfill the unusual request—or maybe not completely surprised, knowing how “generous and big-hearted” the employees and management at... »

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Salem PD officer pleads guilty to bribery

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
SALEM – A police officer employed by the City of Salem and assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force pleaded guilty today for soliciting and receiving sexual favors from a cooperating defendant in exchange for agreeing to recommend a favorable sentence to a federal prosecutor on the defendant’s behalf. Assistant Attorney... »

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WBHS students participate in national Hour of Code event

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
WBHS students participate in national Hour of Code event VINTON–On Dec. 11 and 12, students at William Byrd High School participated in the international “Hour of Code” event. According to www.code.org, “the Hour of Code is a global movement whose goal is to promote computer science and increase the participation of women and minorities who tend to be underrepresented in the field.” Coding... »

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WBHS Marketing classes complete service project

Friday, December 12th, 2014
WBHS Marketing classes complete service project VINTON–One purpose of the Service Learning Leadership classes in the marketing department at William Byrd High School is to learn business leadership skills, but an equally important goal is to learn to give back to the community with time, talent, and money. Jill Harris and Jessica Catley teach the classes at WBHS. One of... »

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