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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 / 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 […]

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 […]

Stadium Woods benefit Friday at Beliveau Estate / Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:00:15 +0000
BLACKSBURG — Friends of Stadium Woods will host its 2nd annual Benefit Concert and Silent Auction at Beliveau Estate Winery from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. The string band Smart Mouth (Betty Hahn, Doug Chancey, Simon Paterson and Jamie Simmons) will perform, and more than 30 items will be offered at the auction. Food and […]

Two suspects caught around Exit 150 after fleeing from narcotics investigation
TROUTVILLE – Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle reports that earlier in the afternoon (Friday), deputies were conducting a narcotics investigation around 2:30 p.m. in the I-81 Exit 150 area of Botetourt County. When the deputies moved in to make the arrests, two of the suspects fled on foot while the other two were taken directly […]

Methodists host ‘Beans and Cornbread’ supper / Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:22:30 +0000
CHRISTIANSBURG — Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Christiansburg hosted a “Beans and Cornbread” supper on March 22. The supper of beans, cornbread and dessert was followed by live music in the church on 350 Stafford Drive. For more information on Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, call 382-3344 or visit        

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