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Thefts from vehicles reported in Clearview/Lauderdale area of Vinton

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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Thefts from vehicles reported in Clearview/Lauderdale area of Vinton VINTON–On July 21, 2015 at approximately 7:30am, Vinton Police received reports of property damage and stolen property from inside of vehicles in the Clearview/Lauderdale area of Vinton. A total of 3 incidents were reported that occurred during the night.  One of the victims had surveillance cameras in operation which gave a view of the... »

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Petting Zoo returns to Vinton Library

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
By Debbie Adams
Petting Zoo returns to Vinton Library VINTON–The Little Critters Petting Zoo was such a hit at the Vinton Public Library in the summer of 2014 that Children’s Library Assistant Emily Metrock begged for them to return this summer. The Little Critters Petting Zoo, owned by Coy and Rhonda Shupe, is based in Troutville and travels to many libraries, schools, nursing... »

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William Byrd recognized for its “High Schools That Work” program

Thursday, July 16, 2015
By Debbie Adams
William Byrd recognized for its “High Schools That Work” program VINTON–On July 13, 2015 for the first time in anyone’s memory, William Byrd High School in Vinton was mentioned on the floor of the United States Senate. Virginia Senator Tim Kaine praised WBHS for its “High Schools That Work” model of instruction. This just happens to be the same week that ten members of... »

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Council welcomes new firefighters, finalizes selection process for new council member

Thursday, July 9, 2015
By Debbie Adams
Council welcomes new firefighters, finalizes selection process for new council member VINTON–Vinton Town Council welcomed two new career firefighters at their meeting on July 7. Lieutenant Chad Helms introduced Andrew McClaugherty and Chad Dailey who “bring a combined 15 and one half years of public safety experience to the Vinton Fire and EMS.” Their positions are funded by the town in the agreement to partner... »

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Vinton Town Council accepting applications for position vacated by Councilman Nance

Thursday, July 9, 2015
By Debbie Adams
Vinton Town Council accepting applications for position vacated by Councilman Nance VINTON–Councilman Wes Nance has formally resigned from Vinton Town Council as of July 2, 2015. Council will be accepting “Letters of Interest” through July 20 and is required to choose his successor by August 15 according to the town charter. The charter requires council to fill the vacancy within 45 days. Nance has served... »

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”Spirit of Roanoke” 611 takes excursions to Lynchburg and Radford

Thursday, July 9, 2015
By Debbie Adams
”Spirit of Roanoke” 611 takes excursions to Lynchburg and Radford VINTON–Thousands  lined the railroad tracks throughout the region on May 30 to welcome the Norfolk & Western Class J 611 “Spirit of Roanoke” steam passenger locomotive back to the Virginia Transportation Museum. On the July 4th weekend thousands more purchased tickets to actually ride the 611 on excursions from Roanoke to Lynchburg or to... »

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Film industry growing in the Roanoke Valley including Vinton

Thursday, July 9, 2015
By Debbie Adams
Film industry growing in the Roanoke Valley including Vinton VINTON–Vinton’s Bootie Chewning recently worked as the casting director for the short film “Forgiveness” which was filmed in Roanoke over three days in early June. She got the job because she knew Kathryn Hatam, the producer of the film, since they worked together on previous productions. Chewning was recommended to Roanoke native Andrea Shreeman,... »

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Mikula-Harris wins two awards in the 35th Annual Telly Awards Competition

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Mikula-Harris wins two awards in the 35th Annual Telly Awards Competition VINTON–The Telly Awards has named Mikula-Harris as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for two video projects. One is a tourism video titled “Humpback Bridge & Water Recreation” produced for the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce.  The other video promotes a locally-grown food initiative called “Rooted in Appalachia” produced for Appalachian... »

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Vinton native assists firefighters in California

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
By Debbie Adams
Vinton native assists firefighters in California VINTON–Zeph Cunningham, who is a Vinton native, is currently assisting firefighters battling the severe wildfire blazes in California. He started out his current assignment in the Los Angeles area in southern California, but moved on to Redding in northern California at the end of last week. Cunningham is employed as a Logistics Section Chief... »

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Vinton holds ribbon-cutting for new Blueway boat launch

Thursday, July 2, 2015
By Debbie Adams
Vinton holds ribbon-cutting for new Blueway boat launch VINTON–The stars aligned or at least many factors coalesced to make possible the opening of the Tinker Creek Canoe Launch in Vinton, celebrated with a ribbon-cutting on June 24. Individuals from town and county governments, state agencies, the business community, and the Boy Scouts formed partnerships which led to public access for what had... »

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