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Top 10 children’s book ‘born’ in Salem

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – The story started out as a young girl’s wish. The idea sat on a shelf for years, until a conversation at a family cookout paired the illustration talents of a Salem mother of two young girls and a mortgage banker’s dream of publishing a book someday. What they produced became one of... »

Derecho windstorm slams Salem for second time in a year

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – For the second time in less than a year, a “derecho” windstorm with winds estimated up to 77 mph tore through Salem and Roanoke County. The storm ripped out utility lines, downed huge trees onto houses and streets, levered up sidewalks and plunged the area into life without electric power – again.... »

Air Force cancels Roanoke-area jazz concert due to budget cuts

By Meg Hibbert
ROANOKE COUNTY – The free concert by the Air Force Jazz Ensemble has been cancelled, due to federal budget cuts related to the “sequester.” The concert was scheduled for Sunday, March 17, at Cave Spring High School. The local cancellation was announced March 7, by Wendi Schultz, who is Roanoke County Parks & Recreation’s... »

Jacked Up for Jackson raises money for boy with seizures

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Five-year-old Jackson Nelson took time out from chasing after sisters Hannah and Haylee to get up close to the big, blue Baja Claws truck parked behind his granddaddy’s house. “See my car?” he asked, as he held out a toy and compared it to the 46-inch-high 1976 Ford that Dustin Seacrist brought.... »

Craig residents pleased to recognize local scenes in film

By Meg Hibbert
Opal Caldwell, her sister and sister-in-law were pleased to see the old Bradley farm larger than life and spread across the screen at the Grandin Theatre last week. Part of the independent film, “Blue Ridge,” was made on her family’s home place, as she proudly pointed out. The ladies and other Craig County residents... »

Movie made in Craig will be in theater next week

By Meg Hibbert
NEW CASTLE – A film made in Craig County is hitting the big screen in Roanoke next week. “Blue Ridge” will be shown at the Grandin Theatre in Grandin Village on Thursday, June 14. Writer and director Vincent Sweeney, who filmed it in 2008 in what looked like an abandoned mobile home park near New... »

Thai student determined to help run orphanage

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Four years ago, Satian Preamjaisanchat – who goes by the American name of David – first came to the Roanoke Valley as a foreign exchange student when he was in high school.     Now he has returned, this time to fulfill his dream of attending college in the United States. His... »

Cigarette-caused apartment fire displaces 18

By Meg Hibbert
CAVE SPRING – A roaring fire that displaced 18 residents and their pets and damaged or destroyed a dozen apartments April 3 at Cedar Point Apartments in Cave Spring started from a discarded cigarette, fire officials determined. Career and volunteer firefighters from Cave Spring, Back Creek, Clearbrook and Vinton stations responded to the fire,... »

Construction work begins on Glenvar Library

By Meg Hibbert
GLENVAR – Three months after the sign showing what the Glenvar Branch Library will look like, construction began in earnest last week. Soon footers will be poured for the building that will be built on the same site as the 1979 branch library, and which will replace it – big time. Literally. The library... »

Service club members read to hundreds of kids in valley

By Meg Hibbert
ROANOKE VALLEY – All over the valley, adults put on funny hats, bright blue hair, duck feet and tried to wrap their tongues around such unfamiliar words and rhyming nonsense phrases as “yuzz-a-ma-tuzz” and “humpf-humpf-a-dumpfer.” More than 125 adults and teen members of area service clubs sat in kid-size seats and rocking chairs, reading... »