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Fellowship Community Church travels to West Virginia

On July 10 to 12, 17 members of Fellowship Community Church traveled to Panther, West Virginia, and Bradshaw, West Virginia, to serve the people of that community.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Salem After Five continues July 25 with Super Hold
Posted: July 24, 2014

The popular “Salem After Five” concert series continues on July 25 with “Super Hold” performing classics from the 1980s on the Salem Farmers Market stage. The event will get underway at 5:30 p.m. and all proceeds from this fourth event of the season will benefit the Salem Needlework Guild of America.

Basket of goods, handcrafts up for raffle at Catawba Valley Farmers Market
Posted: July 24, 2014

This week at the Catawba Valley Farmers Market, a basket filled with summer vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, bread and other baked goods and handcrafted items from Catawba Valley Farmers Market vendors is the raffle prize that will be drawn July 31. Get  tickets now: $1 each. Proceeds will help the Friends of Catawba Valley Farmers’ Market with market improvements and supplies. Buy tickets from Meg at the Market Manager’s Table.

Laura Tucker shares Salem Fair photos
Posted: July 24, 2014

Laura Tucker shares this splendid gallery of photos from the 2014 Salem Fair.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Busy Bookworms meets at Glenvar Library July 24
Posted: July 23, 2014

Glenvar Library's Busy Bookworms will meet at 10:30 a.m. July 24. Those ages 0 to 5 gather for fun art and activities. Call (540_ 387-6163 to register.

Jazz in July hits Longwood Park
Posted: July 23, 2014

Salem Parks & Recreation helped put on the annual Jazz in July concert at Longwood Park July 19.  Despite a light rain and cooler temperatures, those in attendance enjoyed some great music. 

Photos: Stunning angles at Salem Fair
Posted: July 23, 2014

Susan Birckhead shares a couple of shots she took at the Salem Fair this month.

Emily Paine Carter: Summer Feed and Read offers nourishment
Posted: July 23, 2014

“Area Churches Together: With your help we make ‘ACT Packs’ happen!”

Tuesday 07/22/2014
Western Virginia Workforce Development Board to host Business Summit Sept. 23
Posted: July 22, 2014

The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board will host a Business Summit focused on "Enhancing Workforce Collaborations" on Sept. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Salem Civic Center in Salem.

Salem Rescue Squad announces officers for 2014-15
Posted: July 22, 2014

The Salem Rescue Squad is pleased to announce their new officers for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Honor, Adult Horizon students named at Hollins University for spring 2014
Posted: July 22, 2014

The following students have been named honor students for the 2014 spring semester at Hollins University. To attain this distinction, students must earn at least a 3.5 average on a 4.0 grading scale.

Monday 07/21/2014
Area students receive master's degrees from Hollins University
Posted: July 21, 2014

The following student received master's degrees during Hollins University’s 172nd commencement ceremony May 25.

Hancock of Salem graduates from Savannah College of Art & Design
Posted: July 21, 2014

Marcie Hancock graduated Magna Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art and Design on May 31, 2014, with a Bachelor of Arts.  She received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in photography.  She was a 2010 graduate of Salem High School.  Marcie is the daughter of Patty Atkins and Randall Hancock.

Area students receive bachelor's degrees from Hollins University
Posted: July 21, 2014

The following students received a Bachelor of Arts degree during Hollins University’s 172nd commencement ceremony May 25.

Photo: Down the trail we go
Posted: July 21, 2014

Paul Jenkins shares this photo of a group of 15, including Scouts and parents, from Boy Scout Troop 352 - Glenvar - Locust Grove UMC - during a 10-mile hike on the New River Trail State Park on July 13. 

Photos: Annie Lin visits New York City
Posted: July 21, 2014

Annie Lin shares these photos from her trip to New York and writes:

Glenvar Library hosts 'Little Critters Petting Zoo' July 21
Posted: July 21, 2014

Glenvar Library presents "Little Critters Petting Zoo" at 4 p.m. July 21 at Green Hill Park in Pavilion No. 2 (close to the ball fields). There will be lots of furry friends to pet.

Sunday 07/20/2014
Relay For Life held at Longwood Park
Posted: July 20, 2014

Salem's Relay for Life event was held at Longwood Park July 19 after the first effort in June was postponed due to inclement weather.

Saturday 07/19/2014
Chef's Circle Update: Bland and Bahorich spice up Farmer's Market; July 26 demo cancelled
Posted: July 19, 2014

Chef Jeff Bland from U.S. Food Service and WDBJ 7's Susan Bahorich provided folks with tasty treats and laughs on July 19.  According to Salem's Mike Stevens, it was one of the largest crowds in the history of the event.

Friday 07/18/2014
Salem Art Center names winners of Art Competition at the Salem Fair
Posted: July 18, 2014

The Salem Art Center conducted its first Art Competition at the Salem Fair.

Photo: Art Workshop celebrates summer reading
Posted: July 18, 2014

Jessica Palotas shares this photo from the Art Workshop conducted by the Salem Art Center for children ages 11 to 16 to help celebrate summer reading.

Salem All-stars win Dixie League championship
Posted: July 18, 2014

The Salem All-stars won the Dixie League championship game against Glenvar on July 16 at Green Hill Park.

Photos from Salem Youth Girls Basketball Camp
Posted: July 18, 2014

The camp was held at West Salem Elementary the week of July 14.  Newly named Head Coach Corbitt Hairston was the leader, along with members of the Spartan's basketball team.

Owner of Salem karate dojo receives certificate of excellence
Posted: July 18, 2014

Grandmaster Eddie Thomas of American Freestyle Karate in Salem was presented with a Certificate of Excellence Award at the United States Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame in Frederick Maryland on July 12.

Roanoke selling former library site
Posted: July 18, 2014

Roanoke County is accepting proposals for the purchase or lease of the former 419 library building built in 1972, located at 3131 Electric Road in Roanoke. The site served as a library until 2011.

Registration now open for 40th annual Salem Distance Run
Posted: July 18, 2014

The Health Focus of Southwest Virginia 40th annual Salem Distance Run will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, at Longwood Park on Main Street in Salem. It will include a 5k and 10k and 3 mile walk.

Thursday 07/17/2014
Pack the Park with Angels of Assisi at the Salem Red Sox on July 20
Posted: July 17, 2014

Join Angels of Assisi for a night at the ballpark with the Salem Red Sox on July 20. The first pitch is at 4:05 p.m. There will be an adoption event, a pre-game parade and on-field games.

Time to rock 'n' roll at Splash Valley July 18
Posted: July 17, 2014

It's rock 'n' roll night at Splash Valley from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 18.

Photos from Salem vs. Glenvar in Dixie Championship
Posted: July 17, 2014

Salem and Glenvar 9- and 10-year-old all-stars competed on the diamond for the Dixie league championship July 15 and 16 at Green Hill Park.  

10U South County Cobras place fourth in tournament
Posted: July 17, 2014

The 10U South County Cobras advanced to the final rounds of the Nations East Coast Ultimate World Series Tournament held July 8 through July 13, ultimately wrapping up the tournament with a fourth place finish.

Glenvar library conducting Facebook for Beginners class July 18
Posted: July 17, 2014

With more than a billion users, Facebook is the most popular social media today. It's also free and a way to stay in touch with people around the country and the world. For those looking to get started on Facebook, the Glenvar library will be conducting a Facebook for Beginners course from 2 to 4 p.m. July 18 at a cost of $20 per person.

Salem Fair sees record attendance levels in 2014
Posted: July 17, 2014

The Salem Fair wrapped-up its 12-day run at the Taliaferro Complex on July 13, but not before posting gains in attendance and revenue for the sixth straight year. Fair Manager Carey Harveycutter said attendance for this year’s event was the highest in fair history as about 340,000 folks toured the 14-acre midway.

Registration coming up for Valley Youth Hockey Association
Posted: July 17, 2014

Hockey season is indeed approaching. Valley Youth Hockey Association has open registration for players aged 5 to 18 at the Roanoke Civic Center as follows: Saturday, August 9th; Tuesday, August 19th; Saturday, August 23th.

Glenvar Library hosting Nintendoland gaming tournament July 17
Posted: July 17, 2014

The Glenvar branch library will be hosting a Nintendoland gaming tournament for those age 11 to 17 on July 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kessinger re-elected chair of workforce development board
Posted: July 17, 2014

Joyce  Kessinger of Botetourt has been re-elected chair of the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board. Kessinger, of Boxley Materials Company, has been a member of the board since 2004.

Photo: Nolan Riley having summertime fun
Posted: July 17, 2014

Three-year-old Nolan Riley of Salem sure does not mind a little water on a hot day.  This photo was taken and submitted by parents Kevin and Trudy.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Pressure canner gauge testing available at Catawba Valley Farmers Market this week
Posted: July 16, 2014

Kati Span, manager at the Catawba Valley Farmers Market, will be passing on her duties to Meg Hibbert beginning next week.

Moose Lodge in Salem holding Toys for Tots drive July 26
Posted: July 16, 2014

The Salem Moose Family Center is hosting a “Christmas in July” fundraiser, an opportunity for the community to bring a $10 unwrapped toy, or a donation of the same amount.  The drive will take place Saturday, July 26 from 8pm until midnight.  The center is located at 1409 East Main Street in Salem, and can be reached at (540) 387-2409.

Glenvar Middle School Honor Roll students
Posted: July 16, 2014


Emily Paine Carter: 'Dream job' at Roanoke College keeps lawyer's heart full
Posted: July 16, 2014

On a recent Thursday afternoon Mike Pace seemed awed by the view down College Avenue from Roanoke College.

Tuesday 07/15/2014
Salem has new summertime option
Posted: July 15, 2014

The road to success for Teri Patterson lies strictly between Salem’s Mill Lane and Green Hill Park.

Another year of growth for Salem Fair
Posted: July 15, 2014

The Salem Fair wrapped-up its 12-day run at the Taliaferro Complex last night, but not before posting gains in attendance and revenue for the sixth straight year.

Salem close to getting third Kroger Fuel Center
Posted: July 15, 2014

Plans are reportedly in the works for Kroger Fuel Center to make its third appearance in the City of Salem.

Touch-a-Truck rolls back into town July 26
Posted: July 15, 2014

On Saturday July 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roanoke County’s Green Hill Park, kids of all ages will once again climb, touch and explore an expanse of cool and unique vehicles at the sixth annual Touch-a-Truck event.

Roanoke County Department of Economic Development reaccredited
Posted: July 15, 2014

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has announced that the Roanoke County Department of Economic Development has once again been recognized as one of 41 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 2004, the department was reaccredited by IEDC following nine successful years of activity as an AEDO member.

Monday 07/14/2014
Salem Art Center holds painting workshop to celebrate reading
Posted: July 14, 2014

Jessica Palotas shares these photos from the the Salem Art Center's painting workshop class, which was at the Salem Public Library on July 8 for children ages 7 to 10 to celebrate summer reading.

Evening prayer to be held at College Lutheran Aug. 7
Posted: July 14, 2014

An evening prayer will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at College Lutheran Church, 210 S. College Avenue in Salem using a contemporary setting of song, prayer, psalms, scriptures and quiet reflection.

Fire & EMS academy graduates 20
Posted: July 14, 2014

The 17th Roanoke Valley Regional Fire & EMS Academy consisting of 20 personnel representing the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and Roanoke County graduated July 9 at the Roanoke Civic Center, Performing Arts Theatre. Each recruit was called to the stage and pinned with their official firefighter badge as their families watched.

Photos: Campers create landscape paintings, garden art
Posted: July 14, 2014

Jessica Palotas shares these photos from weeks two and three of Salem Art Center's art camp.

Saturday 07/12/2014
Crowd at Chef Circle gets sweet Deal
Posted: July 12, 2014

Aaron Deal from Roanoke River & Rail was the special guest at Chef Circle on the Salem Farmers Market July 12. 

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