Archive for June, 2015

The Right Decision, Even If Almost Too Late

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
The Right Decision, Even If Almost Too Late A COLUMN So far, Salem officials have made all the right moves as it relates to the soon-to-be-donated 9/11 beams memorial on the former Old Virginia Brick property on W. Main. That is, without having to make any actual moves at all, yet. At city council discussion Monday, members and the city manager seemed... »

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Winning, losing, and good fortune for Salem man

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Winning, losing, and good fortune for Salem man Tom Cook is 69. He settled in Salem in 1969. Cook came south from his childhood home in the Catskills of upstate New York. He arrived to start a job with Ed Marshall Insurance, and he would eventually take over the aviation insurance business from its founder. For years, Cook ran the successful company... »

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Special Summer Jobs on Campus

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Special Summer Jobs on Campus Roanoke College “IT” keeps on sharpening student minds  By Jonathan Cribb There are history majors and English majors. Computer science majors, too. Some want to go the Valley someday, Silicon Valley that is. Some want to stay right here in the Roanoke Valley. Mostly, they want to expand their minds, do something important over... »

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Welcome to Hoonah wins throwdown, to open for EmmyLou Harris at Floydfest

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Welcome to Hoonah wins throwdown, to open  for EmmyLou Harris at Floydfest The Salem band, Welcome to Hoonah, reports that it captured the Showdown Throwdown event Saturday June 20 on the hill hollar stage the Floydfest grounds. Now, the band will open for the famed Emmylou Harris at Floydfest in late July. The Salem band members are Jessica Larsen (songwriter, plays the washboard and sings), Spencer... »

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WBHS cadets help welcome Patriot Tour

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
WBHS cadets help welcome Patriot Tour VINTON–Cadets from the William Byrd Air Force JROTC perform color guard duties at events far and wide. Their most recent appearance was at the Roanoke Valley Harley Davidson dealership on June 18. While that may seem unusual, they were there to present the colors as the Patriot Tour visited Roanoke, escorting an American flag... »

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Shriners’ cause comes full circle in Barbour family

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Shriners’ cause comes full circle in Barbour family VINTON–Five year old Ellie Barbour has recently been named as a poster child for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. She was born with a rare genetic disorder known as Cerebellar Hypoplasia and diagnosed when she was eight months old. Her parents, Donald and Nicole Barbour, moved from Salem to Greenville, South Carolina, in 2014... »

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Riverside Nursery decides to go seasonal instead of year-round

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Riverside Nursery decides to go seasonal instead of year-round Riverside Nursery: a little bit of beauty off the beaten path. Too long for a slogan, perhaps, but just the right sentence to describe a near-legendary Salem destination for the last quarter-century. Tucked on the edge of a forest and in the long shadow of Green Hill, a stone’s throw from the Roanoke River,... »

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Suspects charged for Lynnhaven Baptist break-in; community credited with helping investigation

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Suspects charged for Lynnhaven Baptist break-in; community credited with helping investigation VINTON – Vinton Police reported they have charged two individuals with breaking and entering and grand larceny at Lynnhaven Baptist Church in May. Charges have been placed against Rodney Allen Littrell, 34, from Bedford County, and Justin Corey Smith, 24, from Roanoke County. Many of the items stolen from the church were recovered after... »

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Salem singer-songwriter has her eyes on Nashville now

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Salem singer-songwriter has her eyes on Nashville now She’s a little bit genius. Or more. She’s got a great, slightly gravelly voice and beautiful blue-green-grey-touch of gold eyes. Really. That’s what I noticed first when I met her. The eyes and pale skin and perfect teeth. We said hello when she made a cup of coffee for me at Mill Mountain Coffee... »

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Dr. Lorraine Lange retires from Roanoke County Schools

Friday, June 12th, 2015
Dr. Lorraine Lange retires from Roanoke County Schools VINTON–Vinton is well-known as the training ground for many future school and government administrators. Roanoke County School Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Lange is one of those who started out in Vinton and moved up to higher positions within the county and beyond. She will be retiring from her position at the end of June after... »

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