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Web staff | January 14, 2013
Two people were hurt in an accident Monday afternoon on Route 220 in Botetourt County. According to Virginia State Police, a 1998 Honda Civic was headed west on Gravel Hill toward Route 220 when the Civic pulled out in front of a Chevrolet Avalanche. The collision caused the Avalanche to flip and hit a tree. Two people inside the Avalanche, 60-year-old Barry Chittum and 61-year-old Elta Chittum, were hurt and taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. They were both wearing seat belts.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 1, 2012
A routine traffic stop for the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office turned into a big bust Thursday. Officers seized 300 bags of heroin and charged two suspects in connection to a series of break-ins in the Botetourt County area. The heroin had an estimated street value of $6,000. A total of three people were arrested. Charged after the traffic stop on Interstate 81 near Exit 167 are 30-year-old Misty Evans of Troutville, 39-year-old Antonio Marchese of Roanoke, and 44-year-old Jonathan McNeill of Roanoke.
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February 5, 2010
Despite the snow and cold, Morgan Harrington's family and friends came out to remember the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student. Friday, nearly three months after she vanished from outside a concert in Charlottesville, 500 people filled Saint Andrews Church in Roanoke to honor Harrington's memory. Several took to the podium to speak about her life. "Morgan loved life, she loved her family, friends, she loved music, she was a gifted painter. She loved to travel and in her short time here she saw more of God's green earth than most of us will see in our lifetime," says Pastor Steve McNally from the Church of Transfiguration in Fincastle.
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WDBJ Web Staff | January 22, 2011
Botetourt Co., Va.--- She's been the subject of historical lore for nearly a century. Now, the story of "Anastasia" is coming to the stage in Botetourt Co. The play focuses on a woman who insisted she was related to Russia's Tsar Nicholas II after he and his family was massacred in 1918. She lived in Charlottesville, Va. for the last few years of her life, according to Attic Productions Director Trina Yancey. The play's opening night will be February 3 at 7:30 p.m.  The production will run from the 3rd to the 5th, and February 10th through 12th.
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October 25, 2011
Fincastle, VA - Lisa Moorman has been hired to fill the Tourism Coordinator position vacated in July. Her predecessor, Kevin Costello, left Botetourt to direct the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau. On October 24th, Lisa joins Catherine Herlocker, part-time events coordinator, to oversee and manage the County's successful tourism and marketing operation. Ms. Moorman comes to Botetourt with extensive experience in the industry coming from the Roanoke Civic Center, where she was the Director of Event Services for the last 12-years.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 22, 2013
Route 151 in Amherst County is back open after a tractor-trailer crash Wednesday morning. ================================= The tractor-trailer that tipped over on Route 151 on Wednesday morning was carrying blasting material. The accident happened around 7:30 a.m. when the driver lost control on Route 151 in the Clifford area. The truck was carrying oxidizing agents. It was headed to the Piney River Rock Quarry. The material in the truck is used for blasting at the quarry.
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June 29, 2011
Fincastle, VA – At the conclusion of the June Board of Supervisors meeting, County Administrator Jerry Burgess announced his intention to resign in January. Citing the County’s strong financial condition, Burgess told the Board that he believes the “time is right” to pursue other interests. Hired in 1992, Burgess is the longest-serving administrator in County history. Under his leadership, the County enjoyed significant economic growth and community development. During Burgess’ tenure, thirty-nine businesses announced locations or expansions in the County representing nearly $502 million in direct investment and the creation of close to 3,000 new jobs.
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Web Staff | January 5, 2011
UPDATE: 1:58 p.m.-Officers have made more arrests in a late night vandalism spree in Botetourt County. 19-year-old James Mullins and 18-year-old Catlynn Stewart, both of Buchanan, were also arrested late Wednesday in connection to a string of shootings in public places. Mullins is charged with shooting within 1000 feet of a school, shooting in a public place and vandalism. Stewart is charged with shooting within 1000 feet of a school and vandalism. Officers say the evens took place last month.
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Web Staff | January 5, 2011
Record Year for Botetourt's Parks, Recreation and Tourism 1/4/2011 Fincastle, VA - Tough economic times have not reduced the demand for recreation services in Botetourt County. In the past year, more than 11,500 individuals participated in county activities and sports programs, exceeding the previous participation levels by more than 8%, despite funding and staffing level reductions in the latest 12 month period. Established in 1987 to oversee volunteer-based youth sports clubs, the Parks and Recreation Department has expanded over the years to include youth and adult activity programming; special event production; grounds maintenance of schools, parks and other public spaces; senior and accessible van services; and most recently, the establishment and operation of the Office of Tourism and the Botetourt Sports Complex.
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | May 25, 2012
Memorial Day weekend is a big one for RV sales. Just ask the folks at Camping World, just off Interstate 81 in Roanoke County. Ina-Rae Ruark of Ocean City Maryland, is in town buying a new RV. "I tell you the truth we were just on vacation down here, stopped in, got talking to Greg, and one thing led to another," said Ruark. Dennis and Gretchen Swartz of Fincastle have owned a RV for years. Today, they're upgrading to a larger nicer one. "It's like a car.  You get it exactly the way you are, fill it up with gas, and you go trade in, that's what we are doing," said Swartz This is exactly what the folks at Camping World want to hear.
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