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Thousands scramble for Easter eggs
SALEM – Thousands of children and adults helping them scrambled for candy-filled plastic Easter eggs Saturday at the first of two massive egg hunts in Salem on April 12. People who looked up in the sky Saturday morning near the Salem Civic Center might have seen a helicopter buzzing around. The Helicopter Easter Egg Drop […]

Winners of school contest get limo ride and free pizza
NEW CASTLE – A limousine ride and free pizza were rewards for McCleary Elementary students who sold the most items during the school’s annual spring fundraising event in March. Students who sold 20 or more boxes of cookie dough, candy, peanuts and more to help the school got the limo ride to Pizza Hut in […]

Mall assailant pleads guilty to shooting Salem woman
OurValley.org/category/newspapers/news-messenger/ / Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:06:10 +0000
MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Seven years to the day after the Virginia Tech shootings that took 32 lives, a 19-year-old who evidently was influenced by the campus terrorism pleaded guilty to shooting a young woman from Salem and another person inside the New River Mall last year. Neil MacInnis appeared on April 16 in Montgomery County […]

No new taxes for Radford in budget
RADFORD — Radford City Council voted in favor of the city’s new budget Monday, paving the way for another year of no increased tax rates for the city. The $59.2 million budget does include a $2 increase in the basic water rate and a $3 increase in the basic sewer rate. Tax rates for real […]

William Byrd hosts Air Force JROTC Drill Competition
/ Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:36:54 +0000
VINTON–The Air Force JROTC at William Byrd High School hosted the Southwest Virginia Regional Drill Meet on Saturday, March 29. Cadets from five high schools competed in the event, including E.C. Glass of Lynchburg, Patrick Henry, William Fleming, Franklin County, and WBHS. The WBHS corps includes students from other high schools in Roanoke County who […]

Town breaks ground for the “New Vinton”
/ Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:23:49 +0000
VINTON–Town manager Chris Lawrence welcomed an enthusiastic crowd of dignitaries and citizens to “The New Vinton” on April 3, 2014, as ground was broken at the site of the new Vinton Library. The town not only celebrated construction of the new library, but “new streetscapes, a new Farmer’s Market, and a new downtown.” Lawrence said […]

Salem adds recycling bins on Greenway
SALEM – Even though the City of Salem doesn’t provide household recycling yet, it has placed recycling containers along the Roanoke River Greenway that accept everything from paper, plastic and metal to all types of glass. Three 55-gallon recycling containers – which do not require items to be sorted – were placed last week at […]

Prepper’s Festival expects to draw hundreds to New Castle
NEW CASTLE – Coordinators of the Prepper’s Festival on April 19 say they have sold out all 70 vendor spaces, and are expecting to draw hundreds of people who don’t usually come to New Castle. “I think it’s going to be big. We’ve had more vendors call than we have spots. We’re full and we’ve […]

Trip to Boston Red Sox game will be auctioned to help build ‘Field of Dreams’
NEW CASTLE – The Craig County “Field of Dreams” sports complex is shaping up nicely, with the first field ready for use this summer. “We’re happy to say we’re using our finished field for practice and play,” said Craig County’s Debbie Snead, who has been an active member of the committee. Debbie was the Virginia […]

I-81 North reopens during daylight hours
OurValley.org/category/newspapers/news-messenger/ / Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:08:40 +0000
CHRISTIANSBURG — Interstate 81 North between Christiansburg and Dixie Caverns has been reopened to all traffic during daylight hours. However, nightly lane closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday (and the following morning) will remain in effect until the repaving project is completed in October. The project closing the stretch to commuters […]

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