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VDOT awards $17.9 million contract for Exit 150 improvements

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Roanoke-based Branch Highways was awarded a $17.9 million contract to do the improvements on US 11, US 220 and Alt. 220 around Interstate 81 Exit 150. The Salem District VDOT office announced the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded the contract during its Wednesday, March 18 meeting in Richmond. The project is designed to improve traffic... »

Regional jail inmate die of natural causes, autopsy says

By Meg Hibbert
ROANOKE COUNTY – A Western Virginia Regional Jail inmate convicted of sexual battery on a child under the age of 13 died of natural causes, an autopsy found, after he he collapsed in his cell Sunday, March 2. A coroner’s report was released this morning, March 3. Jail officials said inmate Robin Edward Slater,... »

Waiting for quadruplets

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Four baby seats are lined up around the wall. Four swings sit waiting. Four different colored cushiony bumpers to keep babies in place in the room that used to be the dining room but now the big brother calls “the day care center.” Down the hall in the nursery, a pink rubber... »

Community responds to 4-year-old team water boy with rare cancer

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – At first, 4-year-old Tyler Shannon cried when he got his head shaved last week because his hair was starting to fall out from chemotherapy. Until his daddy, Trevor Shannon, shaved his head and so did more than 130 firefighters and emergency medical technicians on Sunday who work with Trevor at Fire Station... »

Military couple’s love story continues – in Afghanistan

By Meg Hibbert
NEW CASTLE – A year ago, Kaylin Stickney picked out a simple wedding dress that would fit into a suitcase, and flew to Germany to marry her sweetheart, Pfc. J. Corey Tolbert of Craig County. They got married with a tank in the background. This year on Thanksgiving Day or close to it, they... »

Salem shooting victim dies

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – A Roanoke man shot outside a Salem apartment complex died Wednesday evening, after being shot over the weekend at Oak Park Apartments off East Main Street. Salem Police on Sept. 26 announced that Damian Preston Wright, 35, had died at a local hospital which was not identified. Bedford resident Jasper Reed Jackson... »

DUI charges pending against Salem driver in deadly wreck that killed Salem trucker, another driver

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Virginia State Police say DUI charges are pending against a Salem vehicle driver whose driving apparently caused a flaming accident on I-581 involving two tractor trailers that also killed a Salem trucker and the other truck driver. The June 12 accident happened during afternoon rush hour about 5:15 p.m. on I-581 and... »

Isabella at 11

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Isabella Catherine Pate celebrated her 11th birthday on May 3, and her family celebrated what she can do. For the Pate family, it’s been over a decade of witnessing Isabella transform from infancy into a beautiful young girl. The Salem girl who has lost her ability to talk, walk without help and... »

Couple chooses home births for their babies

By Meg Hibbert
CRAIG COUNTY – Early on a Saturday morning, Phebe Grace Makhaira Dellinger finally met the family who had been waiting for her for nine months and 10 days. And once she made up her mind, Phebe wasted no time getting here, arriving only 90 minutes after her mother woke up dreaming she was in... »

Cabell Brand gets keys to City of Salem, Roanoke on 90th birthday

By Meg Hibbert
ROANOKE – Salem’s legendary businessman, Cabell Brand, received not one but two keys to cities at his 90th birthday celebration Sunday. The first was the key to the City of Salem, presented by Salem Mayor Randy Foley, at the party given by Total Action for Progress – TAP – at the Holiday Inn on... »