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US 11 detour at Exit 150 postponed until December 20

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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... »

Guzi resigns as Botetourt County Administrator; Carroll County administrator will assume position in January

By Edwin McCoy
The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors accepted County Administrator Kathleen Guzi’s resignation Wednesday evening following a closed session at Greenfield Education and Training Center. The board then agreed to hire Gary Larrowe to fill the position. Larrowe has been county administrator for Carroll County for a decade. Guzi’s resignation is effective November 30. The... »

Aviation facility to locate in city limits

By Patrick Smith
SALEM – After nearly two hours of discussion and hearing public comments at its meeting Monday night, Salem City Council approved a special exception permit that will allow Summit Helicopters, Inc. to relocate its business from Botetourt County into the city limits. Summit, which purchased the old Timber Truss property on McClelland and Fourth... »

Prescribed burn Friday, Saturday could mean smoke over Oriskany, Botetourt from prescribed burn

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Forest Service crews from the Eastern Divide Ranger District will work to complete a prescribed burn at Fenwick Mines in Craig County Friday and Saturday. Crews plan to burn 200 acres Friday and 500 acres Saturday.  The Augusta Hotshots and a National Park Service engine module will be assisting. Winds from the west will carry... »

Defending hearth and home

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SALEM, VA – As the 150th Anniversary of the nation’s bloodiest and greatest conflict in history is now in its third year, the public’s attention is turned to the crucial and critical moments that defined the year 1863. While many may remember the Emancipation Proclamation and the bloody battle of Gettysburg, here in the... »

Austin wins Republican nomination for 19th District House seat

By Edwin McCoy
Terry L. Austin of Buchanan won the Republican Party nomination to run for the 19th District House of Delegates seat in the November General Election. Austin easily defeated three other candidates for the party nomination in a “firehouse primary” Tuesday, May 7 by collecting 44.5 percent of the 1,770 votes cast in Botetourt, Alleghany... »

Catawba Murder Hole cave is subject of new book

By Correspondent
CATAWBA – A noted cave, which some say wants to tell its own story, now has the opportunity in a recently released book. “Murder Hole” is about the Catawba-area cave of the same name in Botetourt County that author, landowner and caver Marian McConnell describes as “a unique place of danger and beauty.” McConnell,... »

Crouse named Salem Officer of the Year

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Salem Police Detective Danny Crouse has been selected by his peers as Officer of the Year for 2012, after saving a woman from jumping off a bridge over I-81. Crouse’s selection was announced Feb. 19. He has been with the Salem Police Department since January 2008. He saved the woman on March... »

Seeing spots: Craig woman rescues dalmatians

By Meg Hibbert
CRAIG COUNTY – Diana Crush loves seeing spots. There’s nothing wrong with her eyes. She just loves dalmatian dogs. In fact, Crush devotes her life to rescuing dalmatians, through the Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia. Diana Morgan Crush grew up in Craig County and although she now lives just over the line in Botetourt, her... »

From courtroom to classroom – teacher arrests attention

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SALEM – Students sit riveted as as Diane Brogan, Roanoke College sociology and public affairs teaching associate, paints a vivid picture of the social justice system with her characteristic candor. Discussions are lively and questions fly as Brogan skillfully leads students in her Juvenile Delinquency class, just one of her sociology courses offered at... »