Archive for May, 2016

COLUMN: Thinking of Leon on Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Editor’s note: Guest columnist Evans “Buddy” King grew up in Christiansburg and graduated from CHS in 1971. He lives in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where he practices law with the firm of Steptoe and Johnson PLLC. — Panel 48W, Line 9. If you go to “The Wall”—the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.—there you will... »

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William Byrd Middle School seventh and eighth graders will have laptops come fall

Monday, May 30th, 2016
William Byrd Middle School seventh and eighth graders will have laptops come fall Vinton–The Roanoke County School Board recently approved a budget which includes funding in the amount of $1.1 million to purchase 2,200 laptops for seventh and eighth graders throughout the county school system for the upcoming school year. This is an expansion of the current laptop program which started in 2002 when Hidden Valley High... »

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Residents encouraged to take broadband survey

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Craig County is in the midst of a broadband study to determine the state of internet coverage in the Alleghany Highlands. The county is asking that residents and businesses take technical surveys to help the county understand what is and isn’t available in the area. Craig County joined the study six months ago when... »

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Glenvar High School unveils renovations

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Glenvar High School unveils renovations Glenvar High School was decked in green and gold, even more so than usual, on Friday, May 20, for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the school’s completed renovations. Students and school board members gathered around the main entrance as a handful of speakers took to the podium, recalling anecdotes from the two-year renovation process,... »

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Kuchar receives second Fulbright Scholar award

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Kuchar receives second Fulbright Scholar award When Dr. Martha Kuchar visits Eastern Europe in the fall, in some ways, she said it will feel like she is returning home. In other ways, she said she expects it to feel very different. Kuchar, chair of the Roanoke College English department, will spend the fall semester in Moldova, teaching as a Fulbright... »

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Council approves $75 million budget

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Salem City Council members unanimously approved a $75,765,556 fiscal year 2016-17 general fund budget at their Monday night meeting. The budget, which is a 2.1 percent increase from the previous year, includes a 2.5 percent raise for full-time and part-time city employees, as well as varied raises for Salem City School employees. The proposed... »

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Roanoke College grad to go from Salem to Japan

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Roanoke College grad to go from Salem to Japan Sarah Morris said she feels lucky to land a job right after college. Like many recent graduates, she will be embarking on a new adventure away from home. However, hers will take her further than most, nearly 7,000 miles away, to Japan. Morris, who studied international relations, walked across the stage at the Roanoke... »

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Salem allergist named Rotary “Citizen of the Year”

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Salem allergist named Rotary “Citizen of the Year” A tough year is finally turning around for Salem’s Dr. Tom Fame. Fame, 58, who has been in the spotlight for his intense legal battle with the Asthma & Allergy Center of Salem after the company let him go last year, opened his own practice, Dr. Fame Allergy and Asthma two weeks ago. Last... »

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Prepping for a festival

Friday, May 13th, 2016
Prepping for a festival On Saturday, May 14, the streets of New Castle will be transformed into a survival crash-course for the Prepper Festival 2016. The festival is the brainchild of Phil Spence, owner of The Emporium on Main Street. Though Spence doesn’t identify as a “prepper,” he does believe in the importance of preparedness, and said he... »

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Jack Tales Storytellers to appear at Vinton Heritage and Storytelling Festival May 14

Friday, May 13th, 2016
Jack Tales Storytellers to appear at Vinton Heritage and Storytelling Festival May 14 VINTON–Vinton will be holding its first Heritage and Storytelling Festival on Saturday, May 14, at the Vinton History Museum and also cross the street at the Vinton Public Library. The Vinton Historical Society is partnering with the library and the Town of Vinton to put on the event which is scheduled to last from... »

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