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Supervisors holding budget public hearing April 9; extend Guzi’s contract for another year
County Administrator Kathleen Guzi will oversee Botetourt County’s next budget—  however it turns out— for another year. The Board of Supervisors approved a year-long extension of her contract at its March meeting. Her previous two-year contract expired at the end of March. The supervisors approved an addendum to the contract that provides for another year […]

Study says Botetourt emergency services ‘strong’ but director needed and an association to repla
“Your bones are strong.” That was one of the observations Randy Wheeler, a representative from the Virginia Fire Services Board (VFSB), gave the Board of Supervisors during a March 25 presentation. Wheeler was reporting on the state of the county’s emergency services. He told the supervisors and a room full of more than 70 paid […]

I-81 North commuters endure 2-hour detour
OurValley.org/category/newspapers/news-messenger/ / Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:11:36 +0000
CHRISTIANSBURG — Morning commute times into the Roanoke Valley were extended by two hours or more Monday morning as traffic was rerouted off Interstate 81 North for a construction project. Northbound commuters were rerouted onto Route 460/11 at Exit 118 in Christiansburg before returning to I-81 North at Exit 132 (Dixie Caverns). Traffic through Shawsville […]

Fidler announces bid for election to Vinton Town Council
/ Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:41:33 +0000
VINTON–Carolyn Fidler has formally announced that she is running for Vinton Town Council. She was the first woman ever elected to the council in Vinton and served from 2004 to 2012. She grew up in Roanoke, graduated from Jefferson High School, and then attended National Business College. She moved to Vinton in 1972 when she […]

Crowds turned out for Senior Expo despite the snow
/ Sat, 05 Apr 2014 10:37:28 +0000
VINTON–Apparently the senior citizens in Vinton are fearless. They certainly did not let a few snowflakes deter them from attending the Senior Expo in Vinton on March 25. “They’ve seen worse,” said Don Wilson, president of Evergreen Memorial Trust which owns and operates Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton. By 11:00 over 400 guests had passed […]

Lions Clubs partner with Town of Vinton for downtown park, ask citizens to choose their favorite
/ Sat, 05 Apr 2014 09:43:33 +0000
VINTON–The three Vinton Lions Clubs and the Town of Vinton invited the community to a Downtown Park Master Plan workshop on March 27. Consultants from the Berkley Group who have developed the plans for a children’s park in the downtown area presented two alternative plan options and asked for public input on their proposals. The […]

Seed-saving kids run own business
SALEM – Lydia Matyas is only 9 years old, but she and her younger brothers and sisters already run their own business. They save and sell their own organic heirloom seeds, and buy others in bulk which they sort, label seed packets and fill orders for her family’s “Seeds for Generations.” The children and their […]

I-81, Rt. 419 lanes will close this weekend for bridge repairs
SALEM – Lanes will be closed on I-81  at the Exit 141 interchange (Rt. 419), and also at the I-81 bridge over Wildwood Road this weekend, near Exit 137 in Salem and Roanoke County. Weather permitting, the lane closure Exit 141 will start on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. on northbound and southbound Rt. […]

Payne brings business to the city
SALEM – Melinda Payne doesn’t know the meaning of the word “rest.” For the past 13 years, she has helped to sculpt the economic face of Salem today and what it will look like in the future. And in her “spare time,” she serves on more than a dozen community organizations’ boards – and heads […]

School budget in limbo because of government impasse
NEW CASTLE – Discussion was limited at the March 25 Craig County School Board budget meeting due to the Virginia General Assembly’s lack of a decision on state money for school systems. The General Assembly adjourned without passing a state budget, and is scheduled to take up the matter again in special session. “I will […]

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