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Salem singer-songwriter has her eyes on Nashville now

By Tom Gasparoli
She’s a little bit genius. Or more. She’s got a great, slightly gravelly voice and beautiful blue-green-grey-touch of gold eyes. Really. That’s what I noticed first when I met her. The eyes and pale skin and perfect teeth. We said hello when she made a cup of coffee for me at Mill Mountain Coffee... »

Therapy pets bring comfort, joy

By Meg Hibbert
SALEM – Some of the most welcome visitors for residents of senior living facilities and hospitals aren’t people. They’re therapy dogs, and their mission is to make people happy. A team of 12 owners and dogs help to make children and adults smile at Carilion Medical Center. The Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Virginia... »

Operations suspended at Old Virginia Brick plants

By Patrick Smith
SALEM – Old Virginia Brick, a Salem manufacturer of wood moulded brick since it was founded in 1890, announced through a letter this week that it is suspending operations and furloughing most of its workforce while it develops a strategic plan. According to the letter from President C.W. McNeely III posted on the front... »

Police seek attempted abduction suspect

By Patrick Smith
SALEM – This morning at approximately 7:50 a.m., Salem Police received information from a 13-year-old female that an older male had attempted to coax her into his vehicle while she was headed to her bus stop. The female, who is a student at Andrew Lewis Middle School, was approached at the intersection of Orchard... »

No more apartments on Craig Avenue

By Patrick Smith
SALEM – Salem City Council agreed with residents of Craig Avenue in deciding enough was enough when it voted to deny a rezoning request Monday that would have allowed construction of two apartment buildings on the street. Nikola Sumenic, a Salem resident who owns the property in question at 805 and 811 Craig Ave.,... »

Student safety in Salem needs vigilant awareness

By Mike Stater
SALEM – Salem is often ranked as one of Virginia’s safest cities, but that doesn’t mean local residents should let down their guard in ensuring their safety. Abductions and murders of young women have made national headlines in recent months and young women in Salem should not get a false sense of security, says... »

Breaking new ground

By Patrick Smith
SALEM – After moisture from their previous air conditioning system caused a bedroom ceiling to deteriorate and collapse, Coy and Betsy O’Connor decided to fix the problem by trying something that City of Salem building officials had never seen before. The O’Connors decided to go green by converting to geothermal and solar systems to... »

Body found off I-81 ramp in Salem

By Patrick Smith
SALEM – The medical examiner’s office is working to identify a body that was found today just off the interstate in Salem. According to Virginia State Police, just before 10 a.m. a VDOT contractor who was mowing near the on ramp at mile marker 137 South of Interstate 81 discovered a decomposed body in... »

Habitat for Humanity starts home renovation project in Salem

By Patrick Smith
SALEM – Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley (HFHRV) has completed construction projects at 194 houses, but none of the recent projects have taken place in Salem. That changed last Saturday morning when Habitat kicked off a home renovation project on Bowman Avenue. Despite light rainfall, Habitat officials and others involved... »

New Salem librarian embraces change, technology

By Mike Stater
In this age of instant information and on-demand news and entertainment via the Internet, the fate of the public library could be in question – but not so, according to the new director of the Salem Library. Unlike some organizations that have chosen to shy away from the many changes made to everyday life... »