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Support Systems Inc. opens in Vinton

Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Support Systems Inc. opens in Vinton VINTON–Support Systems Inc. opened its newest facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 11. The offices are located at River Park Shopping Center on Bypass Road in Vinton, near the Super Dollar store. The business, which offers support services and skills training for the severely mentally ill, also has locations in Rocky Mount/Martinsville, Lynchburg,... »

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Vinton Town Council approves funds for new in-car cameras for police vehicles

Saturday, August 23, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Vinton Town Council approves funds for new in-car cameras for police vehicles VINTON–Vinton Town Council has voted to appropriate funds in the amount of $47, 293 for the purchase of new in-car recording systems for Vinton Police department patrol vehicles. Council was briefed on the proposed purchase at a work session in July by Vinton Police Chief Ben Cook. He asked to use money from the... »

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Vinton Library construction continues on schedule

Thursday, August 21, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Vinton Library construction continues on schedule VINTON–Progress on the new Vinton Public Library is right on schedule.  According to Stephen Doyle II, the Construction Administrator for HBM Architects, most of the structural steel which supports the main part of the library has been erected.  Joists and decking remain to be completed.  He expects that steel work will be 98 percent... »

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WBHS welcomes new JROTC instructor

Thursday, August 21, 2014
By Debbie Adams
WBHS welcomes new JROTC instructor VINTON–William Byrd High School is welcoming a new instructor to its Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program.  Lt. Col. Jay Thompson may be more welcome than most with a reputation from E. C. Glass High School preceding him. He helped to establish the program in Lynchburg, building a highly successful squad... »

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Thrasher feeds 10,000 with Stop Hunger Now project

Sunday, August 17, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Thrasher feeds 10,000 with Stop Hunger Now project VINTON–The congregation at Thrasher Memorial dressed in hairnets on August 3 to package 10,000 meals to feed the hungry. They have collected 10,000 quarters this summer to fund the “Stop Hunger Now” project. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency founded in 1998. The meals program began in 2005. The meals packaged... »

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Thrasher Memorial sends out summertime mission teams

Sunday, August 17, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Thrasher Memorial sends out summertime mission teams VINTON–According to Pastor B. Failes of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church in Vinton, “There was a time, not so long ago, when summer at the church was a season that slowed down. Committees did not meet. People went on vacations. The church grew very quiet.” That’s not the case in recent years. “Thrasher is... »

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Dr. Jessup hosts interns in optometry

Thursday, August 14, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Dr. Jessup hosts interns in optometry VINTON–This summer, Amanda Pallister and Matt Hassey are serving internships with Vinton optometrist, Dr. Neal Jessup. They are students at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University in Philadelphia. Their internships, actually referred to as “externships,” are part their four year program at the university, leading to a Doctor of Optometry degree.... »

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Vinton Breakfast Lions Club holds annual awards banquet

Sunday, August 10, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Vinton Breakfast Lions Club holds annual awards banquet VINTON–The Vinton Breakfast Lions Club held their annual awards dinner on August 7 at the Vinton War Memorial. Keith Lafferty was named the Lion of the Year. Ethel Noell was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. They were recognized for their dedication to the community through their Lions Club activities throughout their years... »

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WBHS Grads confront SOL Testing

Sunday, August 10, 2014
By Debbie Adams
WBHS Grads confront SOL Testing VINTON–In their graduation speeches, most high school valedictorians reminisce about the highlights of their 13 years in public school–homecoming, the prom, field trips, memorable teachers, sporting events. In June, William Byrd High School valedictorian Christopher Howard-Woods chose an “edgier” topic—the nine years of Standards of Learning (SOL) testing endured by the Class of 2014.... »

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Vinton area students perform with RCT Camp Kaleidoscope

Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Debbie Adams
Vinton area students perform with RCT Camp Kaleidoscope VINTON–Theatre arts teacher Kari Sullivan has had a lifelong dream of creating an adaptive theatre experience for students with exceptional needs. She was inspired by her father, Tom Hall, who at one time was a principal in Roanoke County. She says he was always “a champion for children with special needs, welcoming them into... »

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