Archive for December, 2016

New coffee shop opens in Vinton Library

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
New coffee shop opens in Vinton Library VINTON–A new coffee shop has opened in the Vinton Library—the East County Café. The café is taking over the mezzanine space formerly occupied by Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company. The café formally opened on December 12. It is managed and operated by the Roanoke County Parks and Recreation Department, an extension of... »

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Virginia Tech bugs visit Vinton Scouts

Monday, December 19th, 2016
Virginia Tech bugs visit Vinton Scouts VINTON–Jackie Brown from the Entomology Department in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences visited the Cub and Boy Scouts at Thrasher Memorial on December 6. She brought along a tub of giant cockroaches, a tarantula, and scorpions for the boys to study and examine up close. The Entomology Department at Virginia... »

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Want to learn Chinese—come to Vinton

Sunday, December 18th, 2016
Want to learn Chinese—come to Vinton VINTON–Downtown Vinton is unique and even contradictory in many ways. It is filled with historic buildings, some undergoing dramatic renovations, but also has a new state-of-the-art public library. It has recently become home to the only craft brewery in Roanoke County. Strangely enough, Vinton also has a Chinese language school located at the HIVE... »

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US 11 detour at Exit 150 postponed until December 20

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Due to weather conditions forecast for this weekend, the opening of Gateway Crossing and the detour for Route 11 has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, according to an announcement by the Virginia Department of Transportation. VDOT had hoped to put the detour in place on Sunday, Dec. 18. The traffic switch is now... »

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Project Blue Light honors fallen officers

Monday, December 12th, 2016
Project Blue Light honors fallen officers VINTON–Project Blue Light honors and remembers law enforcement officers who have given their lives in service to their profession and their surviving families, and thanks those officers “who continue to work America’s increasingly dangerous streets each and every day of the year.” This remembrance dates back to 1989 when the C.O.P.S  (Concerns of Police... »

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Caldwell named Outstanding Young Virginian

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Caldwell named Outstanding Young Virginian VINTON–Tyler Caldwell has received another prestigious award. This time the young man from Vinton has been named an Outstanding Young Virginian (OYV) for 2016 by the Virginia Jaycees. According to Kristin Miller from the Jaycees organization, this award honors “individuals from across the Commonwealth of Virginia who make a positive impact in their communities.”... »

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Vinton Library celebrates one year anniversary, adds new staff

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Vinton Library celebrates one year anniversary, adds new staff VINTON–The Vinton Public Library celebrated its one year anniversary on November 18. “The Vinton library has exceeded all expectations that I had for our new library,” said Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jason Peters. “It has become a catalyst for bringing more people into our downtown area, something that we have needed for many... »

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Check out a telescope from the Vinton Library

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Check out a telescope from the Vinton Library VINTON–Thanks to funding from the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society (RVAS), the Friends of the Library organization, and James O’Brien of Vinton, the Vinton Public Library now has a telescope available for library patrons to check out. The club has donated about 10 telescopes to libraries in the area since 2012. The library telescope program... »

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Cundiff’s Lindsay Murray receives prestigious Milken Educator Award

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Cundiff’s Lindsay Murray receives prestigious Milken Educator Award VINTON–Representatives from the Milken Family Foundation have been traveling the country for the past several weeks, surprising educators with Milken Educator Awards, often described as the “Oscar” of teaching and “the preeminent teacher recognition program.” Only 35 teachers will be recognized this year in the United States and just one in Virginia. That “one”... »

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