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Education Foundation, school division unveil BTEC’s $500,000 advanced welding lab

By Edwin McCoy
FINCASTLE – Botetourt Technical Education Center lit up like an electric welder Tuesday evening when dignitaries from the U.S. Senate, Virginia House of Delegates and from the governor’s administration came to see the school’s new state-of-the-art advanced welding lab. The new lab is a joint project between the Botetourt Education Foundation, Botetourt schools, Dabney... »

One way streets will be main topic at March 10 community meeting as Fincastle wrestles with federal requirements on $700,000 sidewalk project

By Edwin McCoy
It was pretty clear that none of Fincastle’s elected officials knew that Main Street (Rt. 630) is a designated Rural Collector Road, nor that the designation coupled with a $700,000 sidewalk improvement project could mean a significant change in traffic patterns and parking in the 240-year-old town when Town Council met in late February.... »

Bull riders pit brains against brawn

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Even when they get stomped on by bulls, break bones and don’t win any money, they keep going back to bull riding. Bull riders admit they are adrenalin junkies. “It’s always been my passion. I guess I’m kind of an adrenalin junkie,” said 18-year-old Caleb Corvin of Fincastle and Glenvar. Corvin was... »

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,... »

Suter resigning to become Rockbridge County Administrator

By Submitted
BOTETOURT – Assistant Botetourt County Administrator Spencer Suter announced today he is resigning to take the position of Rockbridge County Administrator on October 1. Suter has worked for Botetourt County for 16 years, starting in September 1996 as the County’s first 911/GIS Coordinator who was tasked with implementing the first 911 emergency communications system... »

Fincastle postpones 4th fireworks until Sunday

By Submitted
FINCASTLE – Town of Fincastle officials have postponed the Fourth of July fireworks until Sunday, July 8, in the wake of the June 29 windstorm and resulting power problems. The decision was announced today, July 3. Town manager Dave Tickner made the announcement. On Sunday, bands will play at 6 p.m. and fireworks will... »

Budget committee now considering combination of tax increases, cuts after public meeting

By Edwin McCoy
The Board of Supervisors budget committee met again Wednesday morning where it digested comments from the previous night’s public meeting at Lord Botetourt High School. By the end of the 3-1/2 hour committee meeting, the supervisors had asked the county administration to provide several budget scenarios that included real estate and personal property tax... »

Candidates announce plans to pursue local, state offices

By Edwin McCoy
FINCASTLE – Delegate Lacey Putney announced today that he intends to seek re-election to another two-year term in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the new 19th House District. Under the new redistricting plan, the 19th House District consists of the cities of Bedford and Covington, all of Alleghany County, parts of Bedford County... »

Candidates announce plans to pursue local, state offices

By Edwin McCoy
FINCASTLE – Jack Leffel will run for the Fincastle District seat on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors he said in an announcement this week. He will run as an Independent. Leffel said he is not seeking re-election to a fourth term on the School Board because he wants the county government to maintain... »

Candidates announce plans to pursue local, state offices

By Edwin McCoy
FINCASTLE – Bill Arney announced this week he is seeking the Republican Party nomination to run for Treasurer of Botetourt County. Longtime Treasurer Benton Bolton announced this spring he is retiring and will not seek re-election. Arney said he will carry on the traditions of fairness, honesty and professionalism that Botetourt residents have come... »