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A Glenvar graduate shines against all odds

By Tom Gasparoli
She was found wrapped in a blanket behind a trashcan, crying and alone in grave danger. A baby, maybe three months old out in the elements, with no name, no home. Maybe no tomorrow at all. It was the first day of January, 1997, in the city of Qingdao, in the province of Shandong,... »

Emily meets ‘the Marine’ at Rolling Thunder

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Seventeen-year-old Emily Wheeler had a dream. She had heard about “The Saluting Marine” and wanted to see him. The retired service man gained national attention for standing at full attention in dress blues in a traffic island for hours, honoring Rolling Thunder, the massive parade of motorcyclists that roll into Washington, D.C., to... »

Tomorrow’s journalism is in great hands

By Meg Hibbert
Despite all the talk that newspapers are dying and that today’s young people aren’t interested in the world around them, I want to reassure you that the future of journalism is in great hands. This week we had a visit from 16 fourth graders from Margaret Beeks Elementary School in Montgomery County. They came... »

Your guest editor

By Meg Hibbert
Your guest editor for the past three weeks has been the incomparable Mike Stater. Mike is a Roanoke County resident who is a true renaissance man – he can do anything. He’s an old-time newspaper guy, who was assistant city editor of the Charleston Daily Mail in Charleston, W. Va.; news editor of the... »

Is this a word?

By Meg Hibbert
A record number of 46 teams of avid and not-so-avid Scrabble players carefully placed tiles and spelled everything from “xi” to complex words. Xi is the cardinal number that is the sum of 10 and 1, by the way, and also the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet. We wished for vowels, prayed for... »

Vehicle runs down World War I field artillery gun landmark

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – The German World War I field artillery gun survived the “War to End All Wars,” but couldn’t survive an attack by a Dodge Durango. Salem Police have a suspect – who was not identified Monday afternoon – they said, adding they expected to put out a press release Tuesday morning, Jan. 14.... »

Parents of LewisGale’s last baby of 2013 had first baby in 2006

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – The parents of the last baby born in 2013 at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem also had the first baby of the year born in 2006. The baby boy, as yet unnamed, is the 10th child in his family. The first baby born at LewisGale for 2014 arrived at 8:15 a.m. today,... »

Neighbors get first look at planned $37-million college athletic center

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Neighbors of Roanoke College got their first look at a planned $37-million athletic center named for alumnus Morris Cregger that will involve the demolition of one residence hall and shuffling of parking. As soon as students leave the first part of May, construction is expected to start with the demolition of Bowman... »

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:... »

Students help dedicate new South Salem Elementary

By Correspondent
SALEM – As the class before them in the old round school did at the groundbreaking 1-1/2 years ago, this year’s fifth graders sang and signed “You Raise Me Up” at the dedication of the new South Salem Elementary School on Dec. 3. And this time, there were quite a few misty eyes among... »