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Posted on: February 27, 2024

2024 Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Salem Civic Center

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The City of Salem’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is back at the Salem Civic Center for the second straight year. Due to the ongoing construction work at the Moyer Sports Complex, this year’s FREE event will again take place on the grounds of...

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Posted on: February 27, 2024

Jonah Turpin is Salem's 2023 Police Officer of The Year

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Salem’s 2023 Police Officer of the Year is a former state tournament wrestler who already has demonstrated in his young career that he will go to the mat to protect his family, his co-workers, and the community he represents.

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Posted on: February 21, 2024

Next Solar Eclipse Set for Afternoon of April 8

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Resources to Help Families Learn About Solar Eclipses and View Them Safely

A solar eclipse will be visible in Virginia on Friday, April 8, 2024. You can expect a partial eclipse of 80-90% between 2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

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Posted on: February 20, 2024

Comedian Shane Gillis Coming to Salem in June

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Shane Gillis is coming to Salem this summer to headline the arena with his standup comedy on June 21. Tickets for his inaugural Salem performance go on sale this Friday, February 23, just one day before he hosts Saturday Night Live!

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Posted on: January 24, 2024

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Arrives in Salem Saturday

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Dolly will not be there, but her amazing books will be! 

The Salem Public Library is hosting a kickoff party to celebrate this wonderful program on Saturday, January 27, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with crafts, live music by Doc McClintock, a photo booth,...

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Posted on: January 21, 2024

Structure Fire on Starview Displaces Four Residents

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire this afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. on Starview Drive. The four residents who occupy the dwelling were not home when the fire started and, thankfully, no one was injured.

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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Annual Adam Ward Classic Set for February 2 & 3

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The annual Adam Ward Classic is back this February with another amazing schedule of prep games.  Once again, boys and girls basketball contests will take place over two days, Friday and Saturday, February 2 and 3.

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Posted on: January 9, 2024

Councilman Bill Jones Announces He Will Not Seek Another Term

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Salem City Councilman Bill Jones has announced he will not run for reelection once his current term expires on December 31, 2024. The longtime and highly respected public servant made the announcement at the conclusion of Monday night's City Coun...

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Posted on: December 18, 2023

CIty of Salem to Begin Enforcement of Illegal Skill Games January 1, 2024

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Salem Commonwealth’s Attorney, Tom Bowers, and Chief of Police, Mike Crawley, have released the following information regarding the enforcement of Skills Games inside the city limits.

Playing or Offering for Play Skill Games is Criminal Activity

In 2020, th...

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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Chris Dorsey Named Salem's New City Manager

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Christopher Dorsey has been named City Manager for the City of Salem, effective January 2, 2024. Salem City Council members formally introduced him at the end of their December 11 meeting after unanimously approving his appointment to lead the city.

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Posted on: December 8, 2023

2024 Winterfest Beach Bash Set for February 2 With "The Band of Oz"

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Salem’s annual “Winterfest Beach Bash” is coming back in February of 2024 with the legendary “Band of Oz”. The 2024 version of this entertaining indoor beach party will take place on Friday, February 2, at...

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Posted on: December 7, 2023

Interstate 81 Work to Affect Salem Traffic December 8 and 9

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As part of the Interstate 81 widening project in Roanoke County near Salem, nighttime lane and ramp closures on northbound I-81 are scheduled for Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, so barrier walls can be moved and a new traffic pattern put in ...

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Posted on: December 7, 2023

East Salem's Matthew Frick Named Salem's 2024 Teacher of the Year

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Salem’s 2024 Teacher of the Year is a former custom cabinetmaker who now spends his time building foundations for first graders at East Salem Elementary School. 

“I am completely floored and honored by this recognition,&rdq...

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Posted on: December 1, 2023

Salem Christmas Parade Road Closure and TV Broadcast Information

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The 2023 Salem Christmas Parade gets underway at 6:15 p.m. tonight on Main Street. Here is a look at road closures for tonight's annual celebration. Also, if you cannot make it to the parade, you can watch it LIVE on WFXR-Fox. The tree lighting c...

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

Salem Set To Host 100th NCAA Championship Event in the Past 30 Years

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When the City of Salem’s top administrators empowered Carey Harveycutter and others to enhance the city’s sports profile by attracting the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl way back in the early 1990s, no one envisioned the city would host   100 championshi...

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Posted on: November 21, 2023

Council Proclaims Small Business Saturday on November 25

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PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, the City of Salem, Virginia, celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community; and

WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are 33.2 million small busin...

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

2023 Holiday Events All Set for Salem

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The City of Salem’s annual Holiday celebrations are set to return in early December. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony and Christmas Parade open the month of activities on Friday, December 1, at 6 p.m. at the Salem Public Library and o...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

Salem Receives Additional Tourism Money from the Commonwealth

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The City of Salem has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Microbusiness Marketing Leverage Program. The grant funds will be used to spotlight Downtown Salem businesses January through April of 2024. 

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

Classic Rockers REO Speedwagon and Rick Springfield Headed to Salem in 2024

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Classic rock and roll hitmakers REO Speedwagon and Rick Springfield are once again joining forces on the road in 2024 and bringing their tour to the Salem Civic Center on Tuesday, March 26. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 3, at 10 a.m. and they range ...

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Posted on: October 25, 2023

Late Night 81 Lane Closures Will Impact Salem October 29-November 1

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Multiple nights of paving on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County near Salem will impact drivers with nighttime lane closures and detours starting Sunday, Oct. 29. This work is weather dependent. Drivers should expect delays and pay attention to message boards...

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Posted on: October 25, 2023

Rend Collective Set for Salem Civic Center Debut in April of 2024

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Rend Collective, the popular Contemporary Christian worship band from Northern Ireland, is coming to the Salem Civic Center on Sunday, April 7, 2024, for a night of uplifting and upbeat praise music. The band is an eclectic collection of multi-instrumenta...

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

Arenacross Motorcycle Racing Returning to Salem Civic Center in 2024

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The AMA Arenacross Championship, the nation's top indoor motorcycle race series, rides into the Salem Civic Center Friday, March 15. Tickets for this ultra-popular event go on sale this Friday, October 27 at 10 a.m. The races are presented by Kic...

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

Salem Ready to Reimagine City's Future with Updated Comprehensive Plan

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The City of Salem is excited to begin reimagining its Comprehensive Plan. The document was last adopted in 2012 and an updated strategic plan is necessary to enhance the understanding of current conditions and properly address future opportunities.&nb...

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Posted on: October 24, 2023

Salem City Council Makes Key Appointments at its October 23 Meeting

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Salem City Council made two key appointments at its October 23 meeting. Current Assistant City Manager Rob Light was named the city's Interim City Manager. He will begin his dual roles on November 1, 2023 following Jay Taliaferro's retirement.
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Posted on: October 19, 2023

Hendrick Named New Salem High Athletic Trainer

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Carrie Hendrick has been named the new Head Athletic Trainer and Coordinator of Athletic Training for the Salem Spartans. Her appointment was formally approved by the Salem School Board this August, and she replaces Krista Milton.

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Posted on: October 13, 2023

Championship Rodeo Set for 56th Year in Salem

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Southwest Virginia’s favorite family-friendly event is back for the 56th year. The Salem Stampede Championship Rodeo bucks back into Salem January 5-7 of 2024 with the same non-stop excitement fans have come to love for decades.

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Posted on: October 12, 2023

Salem Half Marathon Road Closure Info for Saturday

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The races start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 14. Participants will navigate Main Street, the Greenway, the Roanoke College campus, the YMCA and Taliaferro Complex, as well as various neighborhood streets.STREETS AND TRAFFIC FLOW:Drive Responsibly: Be aw...

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Posted on: October 3, 2023

2023 Halloween Events Set For Salem

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Four big Halloween-related events are scheduled in Salem for October 2023.

Pumpkinfest, returns on Friday night, October 27, at the Salem Farmers Market. This year’s event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and it will once again feature a...

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Posted on: September 28, 2023

Coyle Named Salem's New Girls Lacrosse Coach

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Carly Coyle has been named the new Head Girls Lacrosse Coach for the Salem Spartans. Her appointment was formally approved by the Salem School Board this August, and she will replace Maggi Pace, who stepped down after 12 successful years at the helm of th...

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Posted on: September 21, 2023

Hitmaker Dustin Lynch Returning to Salem

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Country hitmaker Dustin Lynch will perform at the Salem Civic Center on Friday, April 12, 2024, as part of his “Killed the Cowboy” Tour with special guest Skeez. Tickets start at $35.50 and go on sale on Friday, September 29 at 10 a.m. Lynch first appeare...

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Posted on: September 9, 2023

Electoral Board Meets on September 11

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PUBLIC NOTICE

This notice is pursuant to Section 2.2-3707 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended.

The City of Salem Electoral Board will call a meeting on Monday, September 11 at 4:30pm to be held in the Director of Elections office located at 19 East Cl...

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Posted on: September 8, 2023

Riley Green & Tracy Lawrence Headed to Salem in March 2024

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Riley Green, the Academy of Country Music’s new male artist of the year in 2020, is set to make his first appearance at the Salem Civic Center. Green will be joined by the legendary Tracy Lawrence and opening act Ella Langley when he hits the ar...

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Posted on: September 7, 2023

Olde Salem Days Traffic and Vendor Information

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Salem's Downtown Main Street corridor is set to once again transform itself into a blanket of vendors this Saturday, September 9. As a result, a number of streets will be closed. Please review the image, note the closures and click the image&...

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Posted on: September 5, 2023

Salem Seeks City Manager Applicants

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The City of Salem is looking for an experienced professional to serve as its next City Manager. This individual is responsible for working with the City Council and assisting employees develop and carry out programs and operations in Salem’s gov...

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Posted on: August 30, 2023

City Council Seeks Candidates for Salem School Board Spot

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Salem City Council is beginning the process of filling one Salem School Board seat that is set to expire at year's end. The current term of David Preston expires on December 31, 2023, and Council is seeking citizens who would be interested in ser...

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Posted on: August 22, 2023

Salem Police Arrest Three Related to Vehicle Thefts

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Salem Police made several arrests Monday morning and charged three individuals with multiple counts of theft and other crimes related to a rash of vehicle thefts in several areas of the city. 

Salem detectives charged 28-year-old Bradey Draper of ...

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Posted on: August 21, 2023

Rising Star Dalton Dover Headlining Star-B-Q 2023

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One of the most respected new artists in country music is headed to Salem to headline the 2023 Star-B-Q concert at the Salem Farmers Market. Dalton Dover will become the latest up-and-coming recording artist to play the annual fall concert on Wednesday, S...

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Posted on: August 17, 2023

Salem Police Make Arrest in West Main Street Robbery Case

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Salem Police arrested Leonard Childress of Roanoke this morning and charged the 45-year-old with two counts of Robbery related to a call for help in the 1200 block of W. Main Street.

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Posted on: August 10, 2023

Salem Fair and NW Ace Hardware Help 127 Place With Donation

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One of the valley’s most giving retailers, Northwest Ace Hardware, has once again teamed up with the Salem Fair to make a generous donation and a significant impact to a non-profit organization.

This past June, fair fans purchased the Megapass unlimited ri...

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Posted on: August 1, 2023

Petry is Salem High's New Head Coach for Girls Cross Country

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Elliott Petry has been named the new Head Girls Cross Country Coach for the Salem Spartans. His appointment was formally approved by the Salem School Board this summer and he will replace Pawel Nazarewicz.

"I am looking forward to this challenge,&...

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Posted on: July 31, 2023

Travis Tritt Returning to Salem in October

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Multi-Platinum selling and award-winning artist Travis Tritt is returning to the Salem Civic Center Thursday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, August 4 at 10 a.m. This performance is one of the many stops on Tritt&rsquo...

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Posted on: July 31, 2023

ALMS's Danielle Brown Named Fulbright Scholar

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The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Danielle Brown of Andrew Lewis Middle School has received a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program award.  

As a Fulbright recipient, B...

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Posted on: July 24, 2023

Mannheim Steamroller Coming to Salem in December

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Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate over 35 Years of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running concert tour in the entertainment industry! 

Best Selling Christmas Artist of all Time, Mannh...

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Posted on: July 19, 2023

Wabtec Announce $2.7 Million Salem Expansion

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Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB), a leading manufacturer for the heavy rail and rail transit industries worldwide, will invest $2.7 million to expand its existing Graham-White facility in the City of Salem to acc...

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Posted on: July 12, 2023

Hancock Named Salem High's New Golf Coach

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Blaine Hancock has been named the new Golf Head Coach for the Salem Spartans. His appointment was formally approved by the Salem School Board and he will replace veteran leader Thad Snyder.

"I am excited and humbled to be selected as the next golf coa...

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Posted on: July 12, 2023

Interstate 81 Bridge Repairs to Affect Salem Traffic July 16-18

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Bridge repairs in the current work zone on northbound Interstate 81 in Roanoke County near Salem are expected to create significant delays for drivers July 16 -18. The work is weather dependent and Tentatively scheduled to start on Sunday, July 16 at 6 p....

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Posted on: July 10, 2023

Salem Fair Enjoys The Ride in 2023

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The 2023 Salem Fair wrapped up 12 days of non-stop fun on Sunday night. The 35th edition of the region’s annual rite of summer featured visitors ranging from Virginia’s Governor to Canada’s wildfire smoke.

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Posted on: July 7, 2023

City Manager Jay Taliaferro Announces November Retirement

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Salem City Manager, Jay Taliaferro, announced today that he is retiring from his current position on November 1, 2023. Taliaferro has been Salem’s City Manager since December 19, 2019, and has served the city’s citizens in several capa...

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Posted on: July 5, 2023

Wells Named Salem's New Softball Head Coach

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Jeremy Wells has been named the new Head Softball Coach for Salem High School. The Salem School Board formally approved his appointment at its June 22 meeting. Wells will replace John Counts who coached the program for seven years.

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Posted on: June 26, 2023

Salem Schools Announce Free Summer Meals Program

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Salem City Schools will be providing meals at no cost this summer at G.W. Carver Elementary School. This opportunity begins on Monday, June 26, and ends on Friday, August 4. Meal serving times are from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p...
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Posted on: June 23, 2023

Salem School Division Names Three Assistant Principals

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Salem School Division Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Hicks, is pleased to announce that three veteran educators are taking on new administrative responsibilities. Andrea Johnson and Kenya Motley will assume the roles of assistant principals at Andrew Lewis Mi...

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Posted on: June 20, 2023

City's Beautification Division Wins State Grant

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The City of Salem has been awarded a $1,000 Green Grant in the Community Beautification category as part of "Keep Virginia Beautiful" and its 13th Annual Green Grants Program
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Posted on: June 20, 2023

Salem, Roanoke County and Roanoke City Schools Receive State Recognition

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The Virginia Board of Education has jointly awarded Roanoke County Public Schools, Salem City Public Schools and Roanoke City Public Schools with a Virginia Innovative Practices Award.  

Together, the three school systems were recognized for their...

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Posted on: June 16, 2023

Paw Patrol Rolling Into Salem This Fall

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Nickelodean and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure.” This action-packed, music-filled production is based on the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment and...

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Posted on: June 15, 2023

Junior Sisk Set to Headline Pickin' In The Park for The Third Straight Year

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Bluegrass aficionado Junior Sisk is headed back to Salem’s annual Pickin’ In The Park concert this summer. This marks the third straight year that Sisk and his group of talented players and singers have filled the night air at the Long...

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Posted on: June 14, 2023

School Division Announces Three New Principals

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The Salem School Division is pleased to announce three new principals for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. The School Board formally approved the appointments at Tuesday night’s scheduled meeting, and all will officially take effect on July 1, ...

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Posted on: June 13, 2023

Heavy Metal Rockers Coming to Salem

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Theory of a Deadman and Skillet have announced additional dates on their co-headlining Rock Resurrection Tour, with support from Saint Asonia. The bands will be coming to the Salem Civic Center on Wednesday, November 22, and tickets go on sale this Friday...

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Posted on: June 5, 2023

Salem Schools Partner With Roanoke College to Assist At-Risk Students

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Roanoke College has been approved for a $192,541 Lab School Planning Grant from the Virginia Department of Education that will allow it to partner with Salem City Schools, in conjunction with Virginia Western Community College, to design a dual-enrollment...
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Posted on: May 31, 2023

Jazz In July Set for Soulful Return to Longwood Park on July 15

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One of Salem’s favorite summer events, Jazz in July, returns to the Longwood Park Amphitheater on Saturday, July 15, at 3:30 p.m. This amazing FREE day of LIVE music features an eclectic and talented lineup that once again has been procured by l...

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Posted on: May 30, 2023

Andrew Lewis Principal Jamie Garst Returning to the Classroom

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Salem School Division Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Hicks, announced this afternoon that veteran employee Jamie Garst is returning to the classroom and leaving his administrative post at the end of the current school year. Garst has been the principal of And...

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Posted on: May 19, 2023

Salem Receives State Tourism Grants for 2023

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The City of Salem has received nearly $55,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Incentive Program. The grant funds will be used this calendar year for promotion and marketing of the Salem Fair, the Salem Half Marathon, Longwood Park music ev...

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Posted on: May 10, 2023

Scott Habeeb Named to New Post After 26 Years at Salem High School

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Salem School Division Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Hicks, is pleased to announce that veteran employee Scott Habeeb has been named the Coordinator of Alternative and Online Programs. In this newly created position, Habeeb will oversee alternative education ...

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Posted on: May 8, 2023

We The Kingdom Coming to Salem in June

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Grammy Nominated Contemporary Christian band, We The Kingdom, is set to take over the Salem Civic Center on Saturday night, June 17 at 7 p.m. The group’s debut album, “Holy Water”, has produced back-to-back No. 1 hits and the...

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Posted on: May 3, 2023

Longwood Park Set to Host Family Friendly Movies this Summer

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The Salem Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce a super season of family fun at Longwood Park with the 2023 Movies at Longwood schedule of events. On Friday, May 19, the free monthly entertainment begins with the Disney picture “Jungle Cr...

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Posted on: April 25, 2023

Council Honors VHSL Indoor Track State Champions

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Salem City Council saluted the recently crowned VHSL State Champion Indoor Track and Field Team members at Monday night’s meeting. These young men have brought attention to the city on the local, state, and national levels with their immense talent in the...

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Posted on: April 25, 2023

Council Honors VHSL State Champion Forensics Team

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Salem City Council honored the recently crowned VHSL State Champion Forensics Team at Council Chambers on Monday night. Each member of the team was given a copy of Resolution 1449 and a State Championship pin.  Here is the resolution that passed ...

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Posted on: April 25, 2023

Salem Police Make Arrest in Sexual Assault

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Salem Police have arrested Ronald Eugene Miller Jr. of Salem and charged the 20-year-old with one count of felony Sodomy and one felony count of Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child.

 

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Posted on: April 24, 2023

Cole Swindell Headed to Salem on November 2

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Multi-Platinum recording artist and five-time ACM Award nominee Cole Swindell is bringing his fall headlining “Twelve” tour to the Salem Civic Center on Thursday, November 2. Joining Swindell on this tour are special guests Nate Smith ...

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Posted on: April 22, 2023

Structure Fire at 2011 Apperson Dr.

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a commercial structure fire at 2011 Apperson Drive at approximately 4:05 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The first units arrived at Virginia Industrial Cleaners & Equipment within five...

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Posted on: April 22, 2023

Structure Fire at 16 McDivitt Road

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a residential structure fire at 16 McDivitt Road Saturday morning at approximately 5:59 a.m. Two people were&nbs...

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Posted on: April 19, 2023

Salem Fair Announces Family Friendly Changes for 35th Year

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The 35th Salem Fair is set for another 12-day run at the Taliaferro Complex this summer. This year’s fair is scheduled to take place from June 28 – July 9 and fairgoers will notice several family-friendly changes when they arrive at th...

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Posted on: April 14, 2023

Firefighters Respond to Apartment Fire on Lewis Ave.

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to an apartment fire Thursday evening at approximately 7:05 p.m. First responders arrived within two minutes of receiving the call and found heavy smoke coming from a first-floor apartment and light smoke comi...

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Posted on: April 13, 2023

Salem Water Dept. Earns Award for 10th Straight Year

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For the 10th year in a row, the Salem Water treatment plant operators have achieved the Virginia Department of Health Gold Award for Water Treatment Plant Optimization performance. Delivering clean water to Salem residents is a complex process. Achieving ...

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Posted on: April 7, 2023

Salem Electric Department Receives National Honor

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The Salem Electric Department is once again in the national spotlight for keeping your lights on even when the unexpected happens. The recognition for exceptional electrical reliability for the 2022 calendar year comes from the American Public Power Assoc...

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Posted on: April 6, 2023

Pig Robertson Fishing Rodeo Returns for 2023

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The City of Salem Parks & Recreation Department is honored to host the 71st Ernest “Pig” Robertson Fishing Rodeo at Lake Spring Park this spring. The 2023 version once again will have Saturday fishing in various age groups, Partici...

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Posted on: April 3, 2023

Otter Avenue Apartment Fire Displaces 32

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to an apartment fire this morning at approximately 8:51 a.m.  Firefighters could see smoke from several blocks away as they approached the complex, but they were able to quickly knock down the structu...

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Posted on: April 3, 2023

2023 Salem After Five Lineup Announced

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The “Salem After Five” concert returns to the Salem Farmers Market in 2023 with some of the region’s most popular bands, an array of incredible food trucks and several very worthy charities. 

All attendees are encouraged to wind down the work week...

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Posted on: March 30, 2023

AEW LIVE Pro Wrestling Headed to Salem

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All Elite Wrestling fans (AEW) in Southwest Virginia will finally get the chance to watch their favorite wrestlers in person when the company makes its debut at the Salem Civic Center on Saturday night, May 13.

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Posted on: March 28, 2023

Salem High School Forensics Team Wins 17th State Title

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The Salem High School Forensics team, under the leadership of Head Coach Mark Ingerson, won the Class 4 State Championship on Saturday, defeating second place Grafton 29-18. With the victory, Salem ties Christiansburg wrestling with the most cons...

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Posted on: March 21, 2023

2023 Easter Egg Hunt Set for April 5

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The City of Salem’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is shifting gears and changing its location this spring. Due to the ongoing construction work at the Moyer Sports Complex, this year’s FREE event will take place at the Salem Civic Center. The...

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Posted on: March 17, 2023

New Owners for the Salem Red Sox

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The Salem Red Sox today announced that the club has entered into an agreement to sell the team to Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH), an organization that owns and operates select Minor League clubs affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB). The Salem Red ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2023

Governor Announces New Manufacturer at Old GE Plant

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Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that STS Group AG, a leading global supplier of interior and exterior parts for commercial and personal vehicles, will establish its North American headquarters and manufacturing operation in the former General Elec...

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Posted on: March 8, 2023

Chris Hayth Named Salem's Police Officer of the Year

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In a time when having the ability to practice proper lifesaving measures is deemed more important than ever, it is truly appropriate that Chris Hayth has been named the Salem Police Department’s 2022 Officer of the Year.

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Posted on: March 3, 2023

Salem Police Discover Body of Missing Man

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The Salem Police Department discovered the body of John Krippendorf on Thursday afternoon in the southern quadrant of the city just off Braeburn Drive. The 57-year-old Salem resident was reported missing by family members last month after leaving a local ...

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Posted on: February 23, 2023

Salem Police Request Your Input for Accreditation

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The Salem Police Department's reassessment is scheduled for next month. This is part of its process to comply with national law enforcement accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). A CALEA ...

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Posted on: February 21, 2023

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Coming to Salem

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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit are coming to Salem in August. The Grammy Award winning group will make it first appearance at the historic Salem Civic Center on Wednesday, August 9.

Isbell, who began his professional music career with the Drive By Truckers,...

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Posted on: January 27, 2023

Salem Mayhem's Inaugural Season Ends Abruptly

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The Professional Box Lacrosse Association has announced that all remaining games across the league will be postponed as of January 31, 2023. This means the SalemMeyhem's season is over. Individual and season ticket holders will be refund...

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Posted on: January 27, 2023

2023 Adam Ward Hoop Classic Set for February 3 & 4

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Since 2016, Salem High School, the Western Virginia Basketball Officials Association, and the City of Salem have joined forces to honor the memory of Adam Ward by hosting a basketball classic in his honor. Adam was tragically taken from us on August 26, 2...

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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Fire Destroys Former McClung Lumber Building

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a commercial structure fire at 17 7th St. early this morning at approximately 2:30 a.m. One large commercial property, the former home of McClung Lumber Company, was destroyed, and one adjacent building sus...

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Posted on: January 18, 2023

Salem Schools Part of $15 Million Mental Health Grant

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow announced today that seven school divisions in the Commonwealth, including Salem City Schools, will receive funding through a five-year, $15 million federal grant awarded to the Virginia Departme...

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Posted on: January 14, 2023

Early Morning Fire on West Main Street

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 1236 West Main St. early this morning at approximately 4:07 a.m. The building sustained significant damage and one occupant was injured and transported to the hospital.

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Posted on: December 15, 2022

Salem High Earns $10,000 Computer Science Award

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Computer Science students at Salem High School just received an early Christmas present – a $10,000 national award. Code.org, in partnership with DonorsChoose, has selected 102 schools around the country to receive the Computer Science Leaders P...

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Posted on: December 9, 2022

Salem’s Deputy Chief Graduates from FBI Academy

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Salem Police Department Deputy Chief Derek Weeks graduated from the FBI National Academy this week in Quantico. The FBI’s National Academy is known as one of the premier law enforcement training programs in the world, and Weeks now joins several...

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Posted on: December 9, 2022

Band of Oz Set for Winterfest Beach Bash on Feb. 3

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Salem’s annual “Winterfest Beach Bash” is set to return in February of 2023 with the incredible “Band of Oz”. The latest version of this wintertime beach party will take place on Friday, February 3, at 7 p...

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Posted on: December 7, 2022

Structure Fire Destroys Former Givens Books

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a commercial structure fire at 1641 East Main Street on Tuesday night at approximately 8:05 p.m. The vacant building, which was scheduled for demolition as part of an extensive renovation project on that co...

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Posted on: December 6, 2022

Katie Crowder is Salem's 2023 Teacher of The Year

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Kids all over the world grow up playing school with their friends, but few take the pretend classroom to the level that Katie Crowder, Salem’s 2023 Teacher of the Year, did when she was a young girl.

“Growing up, I had a classroom set u...

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Posted on: December 2, 2022

81 Bridge Work to Impact Salem December 5 - 7

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Lane closures on southbound Interstate 81 at two locations are expected to create significant delays for drivers during the week starting December 5.

Tentatively scheduled to start on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m., a right lane closure will be in place on s...

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Posted on: December 1, 2022

Jimmy Winterer Named SHS Head Baseball Coach

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Jimmy Winterer has been named the new Head Baseball Coach at Salem High School. His appointment was made official by the Salem School Board at it monthly meeting in November. The Roanoke College graduate has accumulated a wealth of playing and coaching ex...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

2022 Holiday Events All Set in Salem

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The City of Salem’s annual Holiday celebrations are set to return this December. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade will officially get the festivities started on Friday, December 2, at 6 p.m. at the Salem Public Library. Th...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

Indoor Pro Lacrosse Coming to Salem

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In its more than 50 years of existence, the Salem Civic Center has hosted a variety of professional sports including basketball, ice hockey, boxing, and wrestling, along with world class rodeo and ear-bending motocross. Now, fast-paced indoor lacrosse is ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

Council Appoints Raines and Danstrom to School Board

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After a closed session discussion during Monday night’s meeting at City Hall, Salem City Council emerged and unanimously approved the appointments of Andy Raines and Stacey Danstrom to the Salem City School Board. Their three-year terms will tak...

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

CIAA Football Title Game is Saturday in Salem

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Chowan University and Fayetteville State University, the top football teams from the Northern and Southern Divisions, respectively, of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®), the nation's oldest historically bla...

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Posted on: November 8, 2022

Police Make Arrest in Shots Fired Incident

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The Salem Police Department arrested Griffin Newman, 25, of Salem on Tuesday, November 8, shortly afer 8 p.m. at a residence in the city. Griffin is charged with Shooting within the City limits, Reckless Handling of a Firearm, Eluding Po...

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Posted on: November 7, 2022

Classic Rock Giant Foreigner Coming to Salem

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One of the most enduring classic rock acts in music history is coming to Salem next May. FOREIGNER will make a stop at the Salem Civic Center arena on Sunday, May 21, 2023. Tickets for this “Greatest Hits” tour presented by Pe...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

Heroic Actions Recognized by Salem Fire & EMS

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When Mary-Beth Beckner arrived at Salem’s Station One to formally meet the individuals who saved her life in early October, she immediately broke the socially awkward nature of the moment by saying, “You are the ones who saw me naked, ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

Salem's Rotary Park Affected by Construction

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Roanoke Gas Company will be staging machinery and working on a portion of Salem’s Rotary Park alongside Electric Road for the next few months. While this extensive line relocation project is taking place, access to the river will still be availa...

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Posted on: October 25, 2022

Major Revitalization Plans Announced for Valleydale

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The City of Salem is pleased to announce a major economic development project with Valleydale Catalyst, LLC and its principles Ed Walker and Joe Thompson. The proposed $50 million venture at the former Valleydale Meat Packing and Processing plant will eve...

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Posted on: October 20, 2022

2022 Halloween Activities Set in Salem

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One of fall’s most anticipated events in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Pumpkinfest, returns on Friday night this fall. Join us at Salem Farmers Market October 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will once again feature a costume contest...

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Posted on: October 3, 2022

Salem Paving Projects Schedule - UPDATED 10/3

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All dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. For additional information, please call Community Development 375-3032.

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Posted on: September 28, 2022

Moyer Breaks Ground on $27.5 Million Renovation

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The City of Salem’s Moyer Sports Complex is getting a $27.5 million facelift. The official groundbreaking ceremony at the award-winning four-diamond facility took place Monday morning and the upgrades will include pickleball courts, a new skatep...

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Posted on: September 25, 2022

Salem Fire and EMS Extinguish 9th St. Fire

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 423 9th Street Sunday morning at approximately 3:35 a.m. Four occupants were inside the building at the time, and all were able to escape without injury.

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Posted on: September 16, 2022

Salem Police Receive Statewide HEAT Honor

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The City of Salem Police Department received some elite recognition this week as the annual Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police meetings concluded at the Hotel Roanoke. The Virginia State Police’s Help Eliminate Auto Theft program, known as...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Council Proclaims Constitution Week in Salem

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September 17, 2022, marks the 235th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention. At Monday night’s City Council Meeting, Mayor Renee Turk and her fellow Council members welcome...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Olde Salem Days 2022 Traffic Information

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Posted on: August 31, 2022

Civic Center Announces New Clear Bag Policy

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In the interest of enhancing existing security measures, Salem Civic Center officials announced today that they are implementing a new clear bag security policy beginning on Saturday, September 17. The new policy is designed to regulate the size and types...

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Posted on: August 26, 2022

Easton Corbin Headed to Salem for Star-B-Q

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Country music hitmaker Easton Corbin is coming to Salem to headline the 2022 Star-B-Q concert this fall. The Stone Country Records recording artist will be joined by Pat Pollifrone at the Salem Farmers Market on Wednesday night, September 28.

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Posted on: August 23, 2022

City Council Seeks Interested School Board Candidates

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Salem City Council is beginning the process of filling two Salem School Board seats that are set to expire at year's end. The current terms of Artice Ledbetter and Andy Raines expire on December 31, 2022, and Council is...

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Posted on: August 10, 2022

Salem Fair and Northwest Hardware Assist 127 Place

The good folks at Northwest Ace Hardware in conjunction with the Salem Fair once again have made a generous donation to a local non-profit.

This past June, fair fans purchased hundreds of Megapass unlimited ride tickets at area Northwest Ace stores in the ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2022

Personal Property Tax Refunds to Begin Mid-September

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While the City of Salem’s personal property tax rate for 2022 has not changed, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the valuation of personal vehicles due to the resulting supply chain issues and overall lack of new vehicle inventory. &a...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Salem Receives State Funds for Stagg Bowl and CIAA

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The City of Salem has received over $25,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s American Rescue Plan Act Sports Marketing Incentive Program. The grant funds will be used for the 2023 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl and the 2022 CIAA Volleyball Champi...

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Posted on: July 11, 2022

Salem Fair Weathers The Storm in 2022

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The Salem Fair’s 12-day run at the Taliaferro Complex wrapped-up Sunday night with a vibrant sunset, dry skies and a sigh of relief.

“When you consider everything that goes into the planning of an event this large, you always have to be...

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Posted on: July 11, 2022

Junior Sisk Returns for Pickin' In The Park 2022

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Ultra-popular recording artist and performer Junior Sisk will once again headline Salem’s Pickin’ In The Park Bluegrass show on Saturday, August 20, at the Longwood Park Amphitheater. The event also will feature local crowd favorites W...

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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Salem School Division Offers Free Meals This Summer

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Salem City Schools are providing free meals this summer at G.W. Carver Elementary School. This opportunity began this Tuesday, June 28, and it ends on Friday, August 5. Meal serving times are from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the G.W. Carver ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2022

School Division Announces Assistant Principals

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Salem School Division Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Hicks, is pleased to announce that two of the division’s accomplished educators are taking on new administrative roles. Christina Rose will assume the role of assistant principal at Andrew Lewis M...

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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Jazz in July Set for Longwood Park on July 16

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One of Salem’s most anticipated summer events, Jazz in July, returns to the Longwood Park Amphitheater on Saturday, July 16, at 3:30 p.m. This unique FREE day of performances once again features a diverse musical lineup that has been procured by...

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

Carver Librarian Wins Statewide Virginia Lottery Award

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Thousands of Virginia educators received a thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign earlier this spring, but only one lucky educator received that and much more!

Terri Vangelos, the librarian at G.W. Carver Elementary Sch...

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Posted on: June 6, 2022

Country Star Gary Allan Headed to Salem

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Multi-platinum country artist Gary Allan is set to perform at the Salem Civic Center on Saturday, September 17. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10 at 10 a.m. and are available at the Salem Civic Center Box Office and at Ticketmaster.com. 

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

Community Development Earns Annual VDOT Award

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Each year, the VDOT Salem District presents an award for the Locality of the Year. This year the award was given to the jurisdiction that performed the best in regards to "Locally Administered Projects". These types of projects include Smartscal...

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

Koe Wetzel to Headline Concert in October

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Genre-bending artist Koe Wetzel has announced additional dates for his North American tour, including a Saturday, October 22, stop at the Salem Civic Center. Tickets for his first appearance in Salem go on sale this Friday, June 3, with a venue presale on...

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Posted on: May 23, 2022

Salem Police Make Arrest in Shots Fired Incident

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On Friday, May 20, at 2:57 p.m., the Salem 911 Center received a call reporting possible gun shots in the S. Broad St. and School Lane area. Upon arrival, Officers discovered a disturbance between neighbors had ensued in front of a residence in the 10 Blo...

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Posted on: May 21, 2022

Garst Named State's Top Middle School Principal

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Salem City Public Schools’ principal Jamie Garst has been named the 2022 Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia by a panel of principals and superintendents representing the Principal Awards Committee of the Virginia Association of Seco...

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Posted on: May 22, 2022

Apperson Bridge Sidewalks Closed

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Posted on: May 9, 2022

Movies at Longwood Returns for 2022

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The Salem Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce another stellar season of family fun at Longwood Park with the 2022 Movies at Longwood season. On Friday, May 20, four months of free entertainment will begin with the Disney animated pictur...

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Posted on: April 21, 2022

41st Chance Crawford Softball Event Returns

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The 41st Chance Crawford Benefit Softball Tournament takes place this weekend, April 22-24, throughout Virginia’s Blue Ridge region. The highly anticipated charitable tournament is a regional effort put on by the cities of Salem and Roanoke and ...

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Posted on: April 12, 2022

Salem After Five Returns April Through August

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The “Salem After Five” concert series is back at the Salem Farmers Market in 2022 with a full slate of talented bands, incredible food trucks and deserving charities. Once again, fan favorite “Domino” is set to perf...

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Salem Electric Dept. Earns Certificate of Excellence

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The Salem Electric Department has once again received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability. The recognition for the 2021 calendar year comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group that represents mo...

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Posted on: April 7, 2022

Property Tax Message from The Commissioner

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Dear Citizens,

This year has been an unprecedented time regarding vehicle values.  You may see an increase in value from 2021 to 2022.  Over the past two years, vehicle values have increased due to a lack of new vehicle inventory that is ...

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Posted on: March 31, 2022

70th "Pig" Robertson Fishing Rodeo Set for April

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The City of Salem Parks & Recreation Department is honored to host the 70th Ernest “Pig” Robertson Fishing Rodeo at Lake Spring Park in its original format. The 2022 version once again will have Saturday fishing in various age grou...

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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Job Fair Set For April 26 at Salem Civic Center

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The Economic Development Authority for the City of Salem is hosting an IN-PERSON JOB FAIR at the Salem Civic Center on Tuesday, April 26,  from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Many local businesses and industries will be in attendance and anxious to a...

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Posted on: March 28, 2022

SHS Wins Record 16th Straight Forensics Title

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The Salem Spartans once again proved that no one in the state can talk the talk like they can.

This past Saturday, the Spartans won their 16th straight Virginia High School League team State Title with a convincing 35-14 victory over second place Handley H...

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Posted on: March 23, 2022

Salem Parks & Rec Fitness Classes for Spring

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The Salem Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of Fitness classes this spring. Take advantage of the many opportunities to enhance your personal health.

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Posted on: March 21, 2022

Mallory Graham is Salem's Teacher of The Year

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Salem’s 2022 Teacher of The Year is no stranger to winning, but in this instance the focus isn’t on a pageant crown, but rather on the many other hats Mallory Graham wears for so many in our community.

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Posted on: March 16, 2022

Annual Easter Egg Hunt Returns to The Moyer

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The City of Salem’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is coming back to the Moyer Sports Complex this spring with excitement on all four diamonds. This year’s FREE event is scheduled for Thursday, April 14, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The egg hunts will...

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Posted on: March 16, 2022

Miller Named Economic Development Director

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Tommy Miller has been named Director of Economic Development for the City of Salem, effective April 18. Miller was selected after a nationwide search identified him as a top candidate for the vacant post.

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Posted on: March 8, 2022

Finally... Hank Jr. is Returning To Salem

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One of the most iconic performers in country music history is finally returning to the Salem Civic Center in July of 2022.

Hank Williams Jr., who first performed in Salem during the arena’s first full year of operation in the spring of 1968, will...

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Harveycutter Selected for VHSL Hall of Fame

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The Virginia High School Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Virginia High School League (VHSL), welcomes its nine newest inductees who have made outstanding contributions to high school athletic activity programs. The Class of 2022 includes a southwest Virgin...

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Posted on: March 1, 2022

Detzler Named Salem's Police Officer of the Year

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Salem’s 2021 Police Officer of the Year is known for going the extra mile in everything he does.

Whether he’s traveling all the way from Seattle to join the Salem Police Department, driving nearly an hour to get to work each day or hitt...

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Posted on: February 21, 2022

Country Rockers Whiskey Myers Coming to Salem

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Country rockers, Whiskey Myers, are hitting the road this month and will travel up and down the eastern U.S. for 21 concert dates. They will bring their rowdy and raucous show to the Salem Civic Center on May 5 with their fellow Yellowstone alumn...

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Posted on: February 14, 2022

Paw Patrol LIVE Coming to Salem In June

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Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” - an action-packed, music-filled production. The PAW Patrol is back and and LIVE on stage at the Salem Civic Center June 21 and 22...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

Adam Ward Classic is Back - This Year at Glenvar

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Since 2016, Salem High School, the Western Virginia Basketball Officials Association, and the City of Salem have joined forces to honor the memory of Adam Ward by hosting a basketball classic in his honor. Adam was tragically taken from us on August 26, 2...

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Posted on: December 20, 2021

Yokohama Fire Causes $160,000 Damage

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a commercial structure fire at Yokohama Tire, located at 1500 Indiana Street, Sunday night at approximately 6:59 p.m.  All employees were able to evacuate safely, and no one was injured, because of...

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Posted on: December 14, 2021

Country Legend Travis Tritt Returning to Salem

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Platinum-selling and award-winning artist Travis Tritt is bringing his classic country sound back to the Salem Civic Center on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show go on-sale Friday, December 17, at 10 a.m. Tritt is certainly no stran...

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Posted on: December 13, 2021

Casting Crowns Returning to Salem in March 2022

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Grammy award-winning Contemporary Christian group Casting Crowns is returning to Salem on March 10, 2022, to perform all the band’s hits and some brand-new music from the album – “Healer” – which will be r...

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Posted on: December 9, 2021

Band of Oz and Winterfest Return to Salem

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The annual “Winterfest Beach Bash” is back at its normal spot on the calendar in 2022. Beach music fans will once again be able to unwind in the winter with the legendary “Band of Oz” on February 4, 2022, at the Sal...

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Police Arrest Two for Stealing from Cars

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Two individuals now face 81 charges in connection to a rash of vehicle break-ins and thefts in the city. Salem Police made the arrests this week following a flurry of vehicle larcenies during the month of November.

Between November 8 and 13 of this year, t...

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Posted on: December 1, 2021

Rodeo Scheduled for Salem Return in January

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For over half a century, the Salem Championship Stampede Rodeo has prided itself on being the perfect mix of sporting event and family entertainment. When the 2022 edition of the rodeo, presented by Kroger and Ram, rides back into Salem January 7-9, fans ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

School Division Honors Salem's School Nurses

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Alice, “Sissy,” Vandevander grew up in the Roanoke Valley. She graduated from William Fleming High School and then went to nursing school at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She pursued her Bachelor’s and Master&am...

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Posted on: November 17, 2021

2021 Holiday Events Announced for Salem

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The City of Salem’s Holiday celebrations will return to normal in early December. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade will officially get the festivities started on Friday, December 3, at 6 p.m. at the Salem Farmers Market. T...

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Posted on: November 10, 2021

Commercial Fire at MedExpress on West Main

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a commercial structure fire at 1336 W. Main Street this morning at approximately 6:20 a.m. The MedExpress building sustained significant damage and some other businesses that operate in the Mill Lane Common...

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Posted on: November 5, 2021

Three Pets Perish in Peach Street Fire

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 2308 Peach St. this morning at approximately 11:40 a.m. The home sustained significant damage and three pets perished in the fire. The displaced residents were not home at the time of th...

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Posted on: November 3, 2021

VDOT to Discuss Diuguids Bridge Replacement

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The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a “Pardon Our Dust” public information meeting to discuss the replacement of the Route 760 Diuguids Lane bridge over the Roanoke River in Roanoke County. The bridge is located at the ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2021

Salem High School's Derek Wray Wins $100,000

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Salem High School’s Derek Wray, an automotive and diesel technology teacher for the Spartans, has been named one of just three Grand Prize Winners of the 2021 “Harbor Freight Tools for Schools” Prize for Teaching Excellence, ...

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Posted on: October 13, 2021

School Division Announces Assistant Superintendents

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Salem School Division Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Hicks, is pleased to announce that the Salem School Board has formally approved two assistant superintendents for the division. Jamie Soltis will transition to the assistant superintendent position while Je...

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Posted on: October 8, 2021

Smoke Testing of Select Sewer Lines This Fall

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The City of Salem is conducting smoke tests of its sanitary sewer system from October 25, 2021 to November 19, 2021.

A “SMOKE TEST” assists our inspection crews in locating breaks and defects in the sewer system. The white or gray color...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Road Closure information for Salem Half Marathon

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The races start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 9. Participants will navigate Main Street, the Greenway, the Roanoke College campus, the YMCA and Taliaferro Complex, as well as various neighborhood streets.

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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Salem Sheriff's Office Earns Coveted Accreditation

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Under the direction and leadership of Sheriff April Staton, the City of Salem Sheriff’s Office has successfully received State Accreditation status.

The Sheriff’s Office fulfilled over 700 points of compliance with a perfect, zero file ...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Council Proclaims Murray Cook Day in Salem

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When you have done everything from build a "Field of Dreams" to construct the first pitcher's mound in the Soviet Union, you have likely seen it all. But Monday night, Salem native Murray Cook received something as big as one of the man...

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

Salem's John Prillaman Helps Sound COVID Alarm

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Health Professionals and Fire and EMS personnel from the entire region gathered Thursday at the Berglund to sound the alarm that Emergency Rooms and Hospitals are running out of space. Salem Fire and EMS Chief John Prillaman spoke at the...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Salem Police Announce Online Crime Reporting Option

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Salem Police Department is pleased to announce a new agency initiative that will allow citizens to file some police reports online. The system is for incidents that occur within the city limits of Salem.

The Police to Citizen Online Reporting System will a...

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Posted on: August 31, 2021

School Board Names Curtis Hicks New Superintendent

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Curtis Hicks has been named the new Superintendent of Salem City Schools, effective September 30. Dr. Hicks has served as an assistant superintendent for the division since 2014, and he has been a central office administrative employee since 2007. His app...

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Posted on: August 28, 2021

City Council is Seeking School Board Candidates

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Salem City Council is beginning the process of filling two Salem School Board seats that are set to expire at year's end. The current terms of Dr. Nancy Bradley and Teresa Sizemore-Hernandez expire on December 31, 2021 ...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Structure Fire on Azalea Street

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 1434 Azalea St. this evening at approximately 7:38 p.m. The home sustained heavy fire and smoke damage throughout, but the two residents, who were home at the time of the fire, were able...

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Posted on: August 26, 2021

Parker McCollum is Coming to Salem

One of the youngbloods in Country and Americana music is bringing his talents to the Salem Farmers Market on Wednesday September 29. Texas native Parker McCollum will headline the “Friends and Family Celebration” show along with very s...

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

EDA and City Offer Facade Grants to Businesses

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The Economic Development Authority of the City of Salem has reinstated its Façade Grant Program. The objective of the program is to support the goals of the City’s Downtown Plan by providing matching funds to small businesses and prop...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

Superintendent Alan Seibert Announces Retirement

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After 30 years of service to the children and citizens in the City of Salem, School Division Superintendent, Dr. Alan Seibert, is retiring, effective September 30. Seibert’s retirement request was accepted by the School Board at its monthly meet...

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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Travis Denning and Corey Hunley Headline Star-B-Q

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Fast-rising country music artist Travis Denning is coming to Salem to headline the 2021 Star-B-Q concert.  The Mercury Recording artist will be joined by local fan favorite Corey Hunley at the Salem Farmers Market on Wednesday, August 25.

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Posted on: July 22, 2021

Junior Sisk Headlines Pickin' in the Park

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Acclaimed Bluegrass star Junior Sisk will headline Salem’s Pickin’ in the Park” Bluegrass show on Saturday, August 21, at the Longwood Park Amphitheater. The event also will feature local bluegrass groups Wound Tight and Gate...

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Posted on: July 21, 2021

Fair & NW Hardware Aid Sleep in Heavenly Peace

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Northwest Ace Hardware has made a generous donation to the Roanoke Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace thanks to hundreds of ride enthusiasts at the 2021 Salem Fair.

This year, fair fans purchased Megapass unlimited ride tickets at area Northwest Ace stores...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Winterfest Beach Bash Set for September 4

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The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department, Q99-FM and P.A. Short Distributing are once again gearing-up for the 14th “Winterfest Beach Bash” only this year it is taking place in the summer. COVID-19 restrictions forced the trad...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

USA Softball in Virginia's Blue Ridge This Week

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USA Softball is back in Virginia’s Championship City this week. Salem is proud to welcome teams, coaches, umpires and fans to the 2021 USA Softball GOLD National Championships now through July 24 in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The tournamen...

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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Athletic Training Director Named at SHS

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Krista Milton has been named the new Coordinator of Athletic Training at Salem High School, effective August 1. Her appointment was formally approved by the Salem School Board at its July 13 meeting.

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Salem Fair Remains Fan Favorite Event

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The Salem Fair closed out its 33rd year at the Taliaferro Complex on Sunday night and fair officials say that attendance and revenue were once again very steady. The 2021 edition of America’s Largest Free Gate Fair produced 12 days of entertainm...

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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Increased Safety Protocols at the Salem Fair

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Salem Fair officials are announcing increased security measures starting today, July 1. The fair does not charge admission, but children under the age of 18 must now be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian with a valid I.D. while on the fairgrounds....

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Police Release More Info on Fair Shooting

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The juvenile responsible for Wednesday night’s shooting at the Salem Fair has been charged with Two Counts of Malicious Wounding, Two Counts of Using a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. The suspect, who is un...

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Posted on: June 30, 2021

Police Make Arrest Following Salem Fair Shooting

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The Salem Police Department responded to the sound of gunshots at the Salem Fair on Wednesday night at approximately 8:57 p.m. Officers, who were patrolling the midway when the shots were heard, observed a suspect with a gun, chased the individual down an...

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Drew Barrett Named SHS Athletic Director

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Drew Barrett has been recommended to be the new Athletic Director and Events Supervisor for Salem High School. The Salem School Board is expected to formally approve his appointment at its next scheduled monthly meeting on July 13.

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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Jazz in July Returns to Longwood Park July 17

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One of Salem’s most popular summertime music events, Jazz in July, returns to the Longwood Park Amphitheater on Saturday, July 17, at 4 p.m. This is the 20th year for the concerts in the park, and the musical lineup for 2021 includes an array of...

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Posted on: June 23, 2021

Comedian Rodney Carrington Set for Salem

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Rodney Carrington, a multi-talented comedian, actor, singer, and writer, will bring his comedy stylings to the Salem Civic Center Friday night, November 12. This show is for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

Carrington has been playing sold-out shows around the world...

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Posted on: June 17, 2021

Salem Businesses - Return to Earn Program

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On June 11, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam announced the Return to Earn grant program which is designed to assist small businesses with providing new hires up to $1,000 to support their transition back into the workforce. This initiative has provided $105,6...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Cody Johnson Plans September Salem Encore

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It has been two years since Cody Johnson filled the Salem Civic Center for one of his rowdy concerts and Salem is ready for more! On Saturday night, September 11, “CoJo” will take the stage with special guests and bring his Texas-style...

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Posted on: June 9, 2021

Jester Named New SHS Girls Hoops Coach

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Scott Jester has been named the new Girls Varsity Head Basketball Coach at Salem High School, effective immediately. He brings a tremendous amount of head coaching, playing, and teaching experiences to the Spartans.

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Opening Act & Protocols Announced for Chase Rice

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The Salem Civic Center, the Salem Red Sox and 94.9 Star Country are excited to bring LIVE music back to the Taliaferro Complex. Multi-Platinum entertainer Chase Rice will headline Salem Memorial Ballpark on Friday, May 21, to perform his current single &a...

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Movies at Longwood Announces 2021 Schedule

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The Salem Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to be back home at Longwood Park for the 2021 Movies at Longwood season providing safe family fun and entertainment. On Friday, May 21, the DreamWorks animated picture “The Croods – ...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Council Looks to Fill Vacant School Board Seat

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Salem City Council is beginning the process of filling the Salem School Board seat that is open due to the unexpected passing of Dr. Michael Chiglinsky. The Board's Vice Chairman was first appointed to the School Board ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Salem After Five Returns to Farmers Market

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The “Salem After Five” concert series is returning home to the Salem Farmers Market in 2021 and fan favorite “Domino” is set to welcome folks back with the season’s opening show on Friday, April 30.

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Salem Celebrates 40th Chance Crawford Tourney

The 40th annual Chance Crawford Benefit Softball Tournament, that originally was scheduled for April 2020, welcomed thousands of softball enthusiasts back to Virginia’s Blue Ridge region this past weekend for three days of excellent competition ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

In-Person Job Fair Set For May 5 in Salem

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Salem's Economic Development Department is hosting a Job Fair at the Salem Civic Center on Wednesday, May 5. This is an "in-person" event and a number of local businesses and industries will be in attendance anxious to accept your resum...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Fishing Rodeo Returns to Lake Spring Park

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After pausing for the pandemic in 2020, the City of Salem Parks & Recreation Department is all set to host the 69th Ernest “Pig” Robertson Fishing Rodeo at Lake Spring Park, located at the corner of West Main and Green Street. The ...

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Posted on: April 3, 2021

Structure Fire on Victoria Street

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 1701 Victoria Street this afternoon at approximately 4:19 p.m. Two residents were at home at the time of the fire and while both were able to escape, one person suffered a non-life-threa...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Salem Farmers Market Begins Spring Season April 3

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The Salem Farmers Market opens for business this Saturday, April 3. Walk-up sales at our vendor areas are permitted and all are welcome.

Please remember that we are still operating under state mandated COVID-19 guidelines, so simply do your part to respect...

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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Salem Electric Dept. Earns National Honor

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The Salem Electric Department has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2020. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2021

SHS Forensics Team Wins 15th VHSL State Title

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The Salem High School Forensics program added another jewel to its crown on Saturday. The “COVID Communicators” won the school’s 15th straight Virginia High School League State Championship in grand, virtual fashion. Head Coa...

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Posted on: March 30, 2021

Dog Perishes in Front Avenue Fire

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 512 Front Avenue Monday evening at approximately 6:31 p.m. All residents who were inside the duplex style home were able to escape, but one person suffered a non-life-threatening burn in...

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Posted on: March 24, 2021

Megan Crew Takes SCS Administrative Post

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In 2019, Meg Crew was named West Salem Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year by her peers. Now, just two years later, the popular fifth-grade educator is poised to make her mark beyond her own classroom. Salem School Division Superintendent, D...

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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Redesigned Easter Egg Hunt Set for April 1

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The City of Salem’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is returning to the Moyer Sports Complex this spring with measures in place to ensure lots of fun and keep our children safe. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, April 1, from 6 p.m. ...

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Posted on: March 11, 2021

The Easter Bunny is Coming to the Civic Center

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The Easter Bunny is hopping to the Salem Civic Center to spread some safe holiday cheer at the end of March. The famous furry friend will be in Salem March 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day to take socially distant photos with you and you...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Johnson Named to Prestigious Education Group

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction, James Lane, announced this week the formation of a workgroup of educators, school administrators, mental health professionals, parents and leaders of community organizations to assess the needs of students and s...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Epperly Named Assistant Principal at SHS

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Salem School Division Superintendent, Dr. Alan Seibert, is pleased to announce that Sara Epperly has been named an assistant principal at Salem High School, effective July 1. She received formal approval from the School Board this week at its February 9 m...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Goodman Named Police Officer of the Year

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In this age of unusual unrest and uncertainty, Salem’s 2020 Police Officer of the Year offers a welcome antidote.

“I was taught to be kind, respectful of adults and to treat people the way that I want to be treated, and those are values...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Kayla Wood Named SHS Girls Soccer Coach

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Kayla Wood has been named the new Girls Varsity Head Soccer Coach at Salem High School, effective immediately. Wood brings a wide array of coaching, playing, and volunteering experiences to the Spartans program.

“I am so excited for the opportuni...

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Posted on: January 23, 2021

House Fire on Valleydale Avenue

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 127 Valleydale Avenue this afternoon at approximately 5:10 p.m. Two people were at home at the time of the fire and they escaped without injury. 

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

I-81 Widening Meeting Set for Feb. 9

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VDOT is hosting a virtual public hearing to discuss the widening of Interstate 81 to three lanes in Salem and Roanoke County. This expansion would apply to each direction along this 5.1 mile stretch. The virtual public hearing will take place on February ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Local COVID-19 Vaccination Plans

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The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, that include the City of Salem, are pleased to announce that we are working with our community partners to ensure a smooth a transition into Phase 1b starting on Monday, January 11, 2021. We will be focusin...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Keep Recreational Vehicles in Their Place

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Recreational Vehicles cannot be used as a living space or a business location in the city. Using them as an extension of your home and sleeping in them is against the law and a potential fire hazard. These vehicles must be kept closed while they are parke...

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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Structure Fire on Stonewall Circle

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 415 Stonewall Circle this Monday afternoon at approximately 12:57 p.m. Two people were home at the time of the fire, and each escaped without injury. 

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Posted on: December 21, 2020

Need Help with Utility Bills Payment?

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Are you behind on your utility bill payments due to the pandemic? If so, you may qualify for assistance.

The City of Salem has announced that it is using funds acquired from the Municipal Utility Relief Program to aid citizens who are struggling to pay ele...

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Posted on: December 10, 2020

Shopping Opportunities This Saturday in Salem

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It is more important than ever to "Shop Small" these days and support our local merchants. This Saturday, you can safely shop at the Farmers Market and the Salem Civic Center during the "Salem Crafty Christmas" and "Salem...

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Posted on: December 3, 2020

Parade Cancelled and Tree Lighting Postponed

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The re-imagined Salem Christmas Parade, which is traditionally held on Main Street and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Salem, was supposed to take place at the Salem Civic Center parking lot this Friday night in a safe and socially distant manner. Unfort...

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

2020 Holiday Events Set For December

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The City of Salem’s Holiday celebrations will look a little different this December, but neither COVID-19 nor this incredibly unpredictable calendar year can stop Santa’s arrival in 2020.

The annual Christmas Parade, which is traditiona...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Santa and Mrs. Santa Coming to Civic Center

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Santa and Mrs. Claus are headed to the Salem Civic Center to spread some safe holiday cheer in early December. The world-famous Christmas Couple will be in Salem December 5 and 6 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day to take socially distant photos with...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

Salem Receives Second State Tourism Grant

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The City of Salem has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Recovery Marketing Leverage Program. The initiative is designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local ma...

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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Boyd Named SHS Boys Basketball Coach

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Micah Boyd has been named the new Interim Head Coach for the Boys Varsity Basketball program at Salem High School, effective immediately. His appointment was approved by the Salem School Board at its regular monthly meeting on November 10.

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Salem Murder Suspect Arrested in West Va.

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The man wanted by Salem Police on numerous charges, including Felony Murder, was apprehended Tuesday morning in Ravenswood, West Virginia.

Zane Chandler Christian, 25, of Christiansburg was taken into custody by authorities in the small Jackson County town...

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

House Fire on Millstream Lane Starts in Attic

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The Salem Fire and EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 1907 Millstream Drive this evening at approximately 6:18 p.m. Two people were home at the time of the fire, and they escaped without injury. 

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Posted on: November 4, 2020

Structure Fire at Yokohama on Indiana St.

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at the Yokohama Tire Corporation, located at 1500 Indiana Street, on Tuesday night, at approximately 9:23 p.m. Firefighters were able to detect the fire inside the building and quickly exti...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Salem EDA Relaunches Business Grant Program

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Salem Small Business Assistance Grant Program Relaunched

In our continuing efforts to assist businesses grappling with the financial impact of COVID-19, the City of Salem’s Economic Development Authority (EDA), has established a second Small Busi...

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Posted on: October 20, 2020

Structure Fire on Sparrow Lane Displaces Two

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a residential structure fire at 913 Sparrow Lane at approximately 5:52 p.m. Monday evening. Two people were home at the time of the fire and one occupant was treated for a minor injury at the scene.

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Salem Paving Projects Schedule - UPDATED 10/19

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All dates are subject to change due to weather conditions. For additional information, please call Community Development 375-3032.

UPDATE: Main Street will be closed between 9am-11am on Thursday, October 22 for patching/paving. This will also include the s...

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Salem Awarded 15 New NCAA Championships

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The City of Salem learned this afternoon that the NCAA has awarded the city and its longtime partners a staggering 15 National Championship events in the coming years, including the 50th Annual Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl that will return to Salem in December ...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Continuity of Services Ordinance Takes Effect

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AN ORDINANCE TO CONTINUE TEMPORARY CHANGES IN CERTAIN DEADLINES AND TO MODIFY PUBLIC MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES TO ADDRESS CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PANDEMIC DISASTER.

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Salem School Division Earns Statewide Honor

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The State Board of Education has recognized 15 Virginia school divisions as “School Divisions of Innovation” and Salem is one of them. To put this in perspective, there are 132 different school divisions throughout the Commonwealth of ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

2020 Salem Half Marathon Goes All Virtual

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The City of Salem, along with corporate sponsors LewisGale, Virginia’s Blue Ridge and G&H Contracting, announced this afternoon that the Salem Half Marathon, 8K race and Kids Fun Runs are going virtual this year. That means runners will have...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Parks & Rec Offering New Wellness Classes

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Look good. Feel good. All ages, all abilities, ALL YEAR!

MONDAYSLOWER BODY BLAST: 5:30 - 6:30 pm – Marina Trejo

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Phase II Downtown Revitalization Underway

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If you have seen the transformation on College Avenue, you know that the finished product of the first phase of our Downtown Revitalization is amazing. You also know that these types of projects do not happen overnight.

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

East Main Structure Fire at Mac and Bob's

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a commercial structure fire this morning at Mac and Bob’s Restaurant at 9:28 a.m. Employees who were inside the building, which is located at 316 E. Main Street, smelled smoke and soon discovered ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

Rob Light Named Assistant City Manager

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Rob Light has been named Assistant City Manager for the City of Salem, effective September 21. Salem City Council members met at the Salem Civic Center on Monday night and emerged from their closed session discussions to announce that Light had been selec...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Adam Rutledge Album Release Concert Announced

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Whether he is leading a concert as the front man for his band or helping to lead his high school basketball team to a State Championship from the back court, Adam Rutledge has always found a way to deliver in his hometown of Salem. Now, the up-and-coming ...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Salem Half Marathon COVID-19 Update

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Salem Parks & Recreation, organizers of the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, continues to monitor the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to bringing you a safe, in-person event. Currently, the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia&...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Salem Receives Virginia Tourism Grant

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The City of Salem has received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) DMO WanderLove Recovery Grant Program, a new grant made available to Virginia’s Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) across the Commonwealth that have been ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

"Miles for Music" Virtual Race Set for September

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The Salem Civic Center and Fleet Feet are proud to announce the inaugural Miles for Music run. The virtual event celebrates the return of LIVE music to Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Join your favorite indoor music venues and live music lovers everywher...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Social Services to Offer Financial Relief

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Beginning July 13, the Roanoke County Department of Social Services will offer short term financial assistance made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Residents of Roanoke County, Town of Vinton and City o...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

$500,000 COVID-19 Grant Program Established

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In our continuing efforts to assist businesses grappling with the financial impact of COVID-19, the City of Salem Economic Development Authority (EDA), has established a $500,000 Small Business Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Assistance Grant Fund Program...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Senior Center & Community Activities Return July 13

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After being closed for four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the constant uncertainty that has accompanied the virus, the Salem Senior Center is beyond excited to announce that it is scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 13.

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Turk and Wallace Make Salem History

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Renée Ferris Turk arrived at City Hall on July 1, 2020 to be officially sworn-in as a first-year member of Salem City Council. By the time she exited Council Chambers that day, she had made local government history.

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Latest Drive-In Concert to Feature Area Rockers

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After its first Drive-In Concert produced a sell-out last month, the Salem Civic Center is proud to announce its latest feature presentation for music fans in the area. “Lot Rock” is a collection of local rock bands that will take over...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Popular Music Events Moved to Salem Memorial Ballpark

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The Salem Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce an updated plan for some of its most popular music events that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Jazz In July, Pickin’ In the Park and two editions of the popu...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Salem High School Renovation Well Underway

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Members of Salem City Council and the Salem School Board gathered this earlier this week to turn some ceremonial dirt. During one of the few times this week when rain was not falling, the city’s two governing bodies held a groundbreaking ceremon...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Chase Rice Coming to Salem Memorial Ballpark

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One of Nashville’s fastest rising stars plans to roam the Salem Red Sox outfield this summer. Chase Rice is coming to Salem on Friday, August 14, to perform on a stage positioned just beyond second base at Haley Toyota Field. Tickets for the uni...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Parks & Rec Announces Rescheduled Events Starting July 4

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Virginia’s Championship City is back in business!

Salem is both proud and relieved to announce that three major events, that were originally slated to take place this summer in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, have been rescheduled. The NSA Girls...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Salem Receives Keep Virginia Beautiful Grant

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Keep Virginia Beautiful is awarding its annual “30 in 30 Green Grants” one each day in the month of June, for a total of thirty grants.  The City of Salem, will receive a grant award of $1000 for its Community Beautification p...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Salem Library Opens June 15 by Appointment

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The Salem Public Library will reopen on Monday, June 15, for browsing books and dvds, computer use, printing, faxing, and more activities by appointment. To schedule an appointment you must call 540-375-3089. 

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Frozen II Drive-In Movie Set for June 19

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The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department will present Frozen II on Friday night, June 19, in the parking lot behind the Salem Civic Center. Cars will face the entrance of Salem Memorial Ballpark and patrons will be lined-up to ensure proper socia...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Certain City Hall Offices Reopen June 8

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While the City of Salem still strongly encourages you to make all types of payments online, through the mail, or by simply dropping them off in the collection box at City Hall, three offices are now open to citizens, as of June 8, 2020. The Commissioner o...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Salem Civic Center Announces Drive-in Concert

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Wash your hands, strap on your mask and prepare to social distance as the Salem Civic Center welcomes the return of LIVE music. For the first time in its 53-year history, the venue will present its inaugural Drive-In Concert when local stars Crawford &...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Beth Denton Named SHS Volleyball Coach

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The new head volleyball coach at Salem High School certainly does not need an introduction to the school or the program. Beth Denton is a highly respected geometry teacher and math department chair at the high school, who also knows her way around the vol...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

May 21 Road Closures Due to Heavy Rain

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SALEM ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES

  • Intersection of Wildwood Road and West Main - No Access to I-81  (Reopened at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21)
  • Keagy Rd. at Fairway Forest  (Reopened at Noon Thursday, May 21)
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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Information for May 19 City Council Election

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Election Day is May 19. All precincts will be voting at the Salem Civic Center from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Room area. We will have folks outside to help direct voters.

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

City Council Stands With Citizens and Businesses

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Dear Citizens and Business Owners,

The members of Salem City Council wish to commend each of you for the ways you have responded to the unprecedented disruptions COVID-19 has brought to your daily lives. Citizens have stepped-up to keep our school children...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

SHS Names New Girls Varsity Basketball Coach

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Berlyn Seitz has been named the new Varsity Head Coach for the Girls Basketball program at Salem High School. Seitz most recently was a varsity assistant coach for the Franklin County Eagles, and she brings a wide range of experiences to her new post in S...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Keep Your Water Pure As Virginia Reopens

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As Virginia prepares to reopen, business and home owners need to be aware of the risks posed by stagnant water in their buildings. While covid-19 poses no threat to the water supply, the “usual suspects” can contaminate premise plumbin...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Salem Fair Cancelled Due to COVID-19

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In its 30 plus years of existence, the Salem Fair has managed to outlast oppressive heat, gale force winds and torrential downpours, but the invisible Coronavirus has finally forced the region’s most popular summer event to close its gates. &...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Council Extends Due Dates for Taxes

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AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE TO EXTEND THE DUE DATE FOR CERTAIN TAXES AS A RESULT OF THE PANDEMIC DISASTER.

WHEREAS, Governor Ralph S. Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-One, dated March 12, 2020, declaring that a state of emergency exists within the ...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Salem Announces New Park Restrictions

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Parks and Recreation facilities in the City of Salem will only remain open if  – YOU DO YOUR PART!  All visitors to our parks in Salem must practice responsible social distancing!

In collaboration with the Salem Health Departmen...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Schools Report Solid Start to “New Normal”

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The Salem School Board practiced responsible social distancing when it met for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak. During the March 31 meeting, Superintendent, Alan Seibert, presented the board members with a detailed report outlining&...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

USA Olympic Softball Game is Cancelled

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USA Softball has announced the cancellation of all originally scheduled 2020 stops on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

That means the highly anticipated June 2...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Council Approves Ordinance for Public Hearings

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AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE TO EFFECTUATE TEMPORARY CHANGES IN CERTAIN DEADLINES AND TO MODIFY PUBLIC MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES TO ADDRESS CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PANDEMIC DISASTER.

    WHERE...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

40th Chance Crawford Tourney Cancelled

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The 40th annual Chance Crawford Benefit Softball Tournament, scheduled for April 17-19 on fields throughout Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, has been cancelled due to continued concerns related to the COVID-19 virus.

“After a great deal of...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Parks & Rec Cancellations Through May 17

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To safeguard our community and slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many events and programs in the Salem Parks & Recreation & Department are now CANCELLED through May 17, 2020.

CANCELLED EVENTS

POSTPONED EVENTS

SALEM SPORTS OFFICE PROGRAMS CANCELL...

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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Small Businesses Encouraged to Take Survey

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The COVID-19 pandemic is creating concern from our small businesses in the region. Below you will find a brief survey that will allow the SBSD to collect data on the impact COVID-19 is having on business revenue and employment in Virginia.

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Local Governments Declare Emergencies

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Effective March 12, 2020, Governor Ralph S. Northam declared under the Executive Order that a State of Emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia due to the potential spread of COVID-19, a communicable disease and public health threat.

In response to...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

School Division Announces Appointments

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Salem Superintendent, Dr. Alan Seibert, announced this afternoon that the members of the Salem School Board formally approved three appointments during the division’s Tuesday night meeting.

Michelle Palleria will continue as the Assistant Princip...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

2020 Teacher of the Year is Announced

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In a day and age when the spoken word is often abrasive and offensive, you can always count on Olivia Kiser to make a joyful noise.

“I love my job and I am so passionate about music and my kids,” she says. “My first job for th...

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Posted on: March 2, 2020

Salem Recognizes Va. Flood Awareness Week

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March 8-14 is Virginia Flood Awareness Week, an ideal time to make preparations for potential flooding ahead of spring rains and the upcoming hurricane season.

The purpose of Virginia Flood Awareness Week is to educate the public about flood risk and to pr...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Police Make Arrest in Baymont Inn Incident

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On Sunday, February 16, at approximately 11:50 a.m., Salem Police officers responded to 100 block of Sheraton Drive, the Baymont Inn, in reference to a domestic dispute between a mother and her son. 

Upon arrival, a female advised the officers tha...

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Posted on: February 16, 2020

Residential Fire on West Riverside Dr.

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a residential structure fire at 1006 West Riverside Drive (Lot 68) at approximately 11:23 p.m. Saturday night. One person was  home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. 

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Gibson Picked to Lead West Salem Elementary

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Salem School Division Superintendent, Dr. Alan Seibert, is pleased to announce that Amanda Gibson has been recommended to be the new principal at West Salem Elementary School. Gibson is expected to receive formal approval from the School Board when it con...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Americana Music Artists Coming to Salem

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Two of the top bluegrass and folk bands in the Americana music scene, Town Mountain and I Draw Slow, are headed to the Salem Civic Center on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Raw, soulful and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain’s members have ear...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Juvenile Arrested in Shots Fired Incident

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Early this morning, at approximately 4 a.m., officers from the Salem Police Department responded to the 1800 block of Springfield Avenue after receiving a 911 call saying gunshots had been heard in the area.

Upon arrival, officers found several empty cartr...

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Posted on: January 23, 2020

Dog Park Repairs Scheduled for End of January

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The portion of the Salem Rotary Dog Park that is dedicated to LARGE dogs will be CLOSED for a few days the week of January 27. This closure will allow crews to properly perform routine maintenance and repairs. The SMALL dog area will remain open during th...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Cleveland Ave. Fire Causes $15,000 Damage

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 508 Cleveland Ave. Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2:34 p.m.  One person was home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. 

The first units arrived withi...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Webb Named Salem Officer of the Year

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The Salem Police Officer of the Year for 2019 earned the respect of his peers and the department’s annual honor for being in the right place at the right time on two separate occasions.

Josh Webb, a Senior Police Officer from Roanoke County, used...

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Posted on: January 14, 2020

Adam Ward Classic Expands for 2020

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Salem High School, the Western Virginia Basketball Officials Association and the City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department are all pleased to announce a major expansion for the Fourth Annual Adam Ward Classic this winter.

This year, games will take pla...

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Posted on: January 5, 2020

Commercial Fire on Salem Industrial Dr.

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a commercial structure fire at 2132 Salem Industrial Drive Saturday night at approximately 8:07 p.m. The first units arrived within eight minutes of receiving the call and found heavy fire and smoke through...

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