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McCrumb set to premiere latest novel in Salem

By Kelsey Bartlett
Local author Sharyn McCrumb, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, is proving that sometimes the best tales, and the most unsettling, are based in reality. McCrumb, an award winning, New York Times bestselling author, will debut her latest novel, “Prayers the Devil Answers,” at the Salem Museum, the first stop on a book... »

Salem Museum hosting ‘Against the Grains’ art exhibit

By Correspondent
By Hannah Bridges Intern Salem Museum is surrounded by graves rolling over hills, but the inside walls crawl with color and life. Corks popped from wine bottles amidst the chatter at the Aug. 29th art show that kicked off the month-long “Against the Grains” exhibit. “Against the Grains” is the product of eight self-proclaimed... »

Salem documents win ‘People’s Choice’ in Top Ten Endangered Artifacts poll

By Submitted
SALEM – The Preston Papers, an important collection of local documents recently found in the attic of an old house in Salem, has earned statewide recognition. In a poll designed to raise awareness of the threat to Virginia’s cultural heritage, the papers have been designated the “People’s Choice.” Online public voting for the “Top... »

Enchanted with a century

By Meg Hibbert
The pages are soft and faded, like the memories and images they hold tight. Temp Norris wasn’t around in 1902, but his name was. On June 4-5 of that year, the community and its people celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Salem. Norris’ father was one of the 500... »

Valleydale pigs ‘retire’ in area

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM  – Zoomer, Boomer, Zinger and Val – Valleydale’s four little pigs – won’t be marching across the Roanoke Valley any more. The Valleydale brand of bacon and hot dogs will still exist in limited areas, but the last vestiges of the Valleydale Meat Packing are disappearing from the area with the closing of... »

‘The music goes zoom-zoom…’

By Meg Hibbert
Just anybody under 80 can probably sing at least part of the Valleydale pigs song. “The music goes zoom-zoom. The drummer goes boom-boom, and everybody shouts, ‘Hoo-ray for Valleydale. Hoo-ray for Valleydale, all hail, it’s Valleydale!’ ” You’ll have to do your own cymbal crash and drum accompaniments, but you get the picture. You... »

Brrr! Record cold closes schools, keeps people inside

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – There was only one word for it: Brrrrr! What weather experts dubbed a “Polar Vortex” and “the Polar Express” drove Salem-area temperatures to zero or below Monday night, setting new records for the area. It was the first time most of an entire generation had experienced such low temperatures. The lows were... »

Civil War comes alive for fifth-graders

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – A Confederate soldier in full uniform, wearing U.S.-issued brogan shoes and armed with an 1842 Springfield musket calmly answered questions from fifth-graders about how he and his buddies defended Salem from Union invaders 150 years ago. Inside the Salem Museum, Union soldier Larkin Burwell told kids how he came to drive wagonloads... »

Ice storm postpones Holiday Homes tour until next Sunday, Dec. 15

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – The weekend’s ice storm that glazed trees, bridges and created slippery streets on Dec. 8 prompted the Salem Historical Society to postpone its Holiday Homes Tour until next Sunday, Dec. 15. Hours for the tour will be the same, 1-5 p.m., and advance tickets are still for sale at three Salem locations:... »

East Main Street dreams getting closer

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – It stretches the length of an entire conference room table – and then some. The concept plan for improvements to the portion of East Main Street from Thompson Memorial Drive to Lakeside unroll like a giant scroll of ideas for a more attractive entrance into Salem from Rt. 419. Once the Virginia... »