Who has the best lights in town? Vote now for your favorite in our holiday lights contest.
French fries, rides, funnel cakes and games. The annual Buchanan Carnival begins tonight at the town park in Buchanan and runs through July 5. Tonight’s big raffle give-away is cash — so don’t forget to get some chances!
For more photos, see our June 26 post with a photo gallery by SJ Carter from last year’s carnival.
The Buchanan Fire Department usually raises $100,000 during carnival week. They plan to make a donation to the Buchanan Resource Center as well.
The ferris wheel is always a hit.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Coleman.
So what’s your favorite thing about the carnival? Let us know! You can leave comments below. And if you take photos of this year’s carnival, you can share them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lord Botetourt High School student Nick Weirup has won a district-wide art competition sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, and now has his winning painting displayed at the U.S. Capitol.
The painting — “The Girl Behind the Barn Door” — is the one above Weirup and Goodlatte in this photo. For a close-up, plus a look at artwork from other congressional districts, click here and follow the link to Virginia.
The press release from Goodlatte’s office on the contest follows:
Fincastle Baptist Church will hold its football camp Sunday June 29- July from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
on the church fields. Football coaches from both high schools, Lord Botetourt and James River, will be there as well as both middle school coaches conducting this free camp. For more information call the church at 473-2861.
Mitchell and Cort Clark at the recent James River High School football camp.
Our last post about Fincastle Baptist Church was June 26.
Can you believe June is almost over? Our latest issue of The Botetourt View comes out Friday, destined to reach more than 90 percent of the households in Botetourt County. (How do we do that? See below. And if you’d like to find out how you can advertise in The Botetourt View to reach all those households, click here for retail advertising or click here for classifieds.)
Meanwhile, in the June 27 issue, you’ll see several places where we direct folks online for more photos or other coverage. Here’s a guide to our . . .
SPECIAL ONLINE EXTRAS
* Photo gallery (and more!) of the Caldwell Mountain fire (You’ll see we posted updates multiple times a day when the fire was at its height — but we always update this site multiple times each weekday, sometimes even weekend, even when there isn’t a big fire going on, so you can think of this as daily coverage of Botetourt County.)
* Buchanan Theatre has summer movies for kids
* Godwin Cottage contents auctioned in Fincastle
* Jordan Hoover selected for Governor’s School in Richmond
* Another photo from Troutville Elementary Arts Night
* Another photo of Sean Snyder’s big fish
* Photos of Madison VanDuyne, Miss Virginia contestant from Fincastle
Finally, some shout-outs: Send us your summer photos! Click here to find out more. And high school grads, you can still write your graduation blurb about your plans and we’ll publish it for free. Click here to find out more about that.
Want to find out how to get other news and photos in The Botetourt View? Keep reading below!
The annual Buchanan Carnival kicks of Friday — and runs each night from around 6ish until 11 p.m. SJ Carter has graced us with a gorgeous photo gallery of 17 shots from last year’s carnival.
If you go to this year’s carnival and take photos, you can share them at email@example.com
Or maybe you want to tell us what your favorite part of the carnival is? You can leave comments below.
For more information on the carnival, including the line-up of musical events, see the story we did in the June 20 issue of The Botetourt View.
Bible schools are going on everywhere in Botetourt County and we want your pictures! Last night over 200 kids came to the Fincastle Baptist Church to Cactus Canyon. Here are eight photos in our photo gallery.
Cody Codgill preps to take the zip line across the field with the help of Andrea Wilson and Tom Turner at Cactus Canyon Bible School at Fincastle Baptist Church.
Botetourt County conducted a citizen satisfaction survey and the results were presented
to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday June 23.
Dr. Harry Wilson of Roanoke College, who conducted the survey, presented the results.
The survey interviewed 308 residents and believe them to be representative of the population. He said, “The results were extremely positive. Residents are really happy to live here. Most everyone sited they were happy with the schools and the county employees, the quality of life.” He said 2/3 of those surveyed felt they get their tax dollars worth in county services and 3/4 believe that county employees are good to excellent.
Growth has been the dominating concern for the next five years and has been each of the three tri-annual surveys.
Future priority focus he said for citizens were: growth and growth management, education and public safety. Citizens stated they were currently happy with the later two.
That’s what we asked 11 Botetourt residents. You can check ‘em out in our photo gallery.
Lauren Coleman (left) said she always goes to the fireworks at Breckenridge Elementary in Fincastle: “It’s not a bunch of people. It’s more like a small community event.”
Others we talked to were: Katie Jones, Chris Hoy, Mikayla and Hannah Palmer, Paige Klasing, Brenda McClean, Kelly Bailey, Deborah Carter, Bob Fagg, Vernon Webb.
So what are you doing? Click “comments” below!
Farm Bureau officials happily cut the ribbon on their new building
The ribbons are cut and Farm Bureau has spent to day feeding hot dogs and meatballs to the public in celebration of the new office building on Roanoke Road north of Daleville.
Out on Roanoke Road on US 220 north near Ashley Plantation, Farm Bureau has had a building for many years. Last year it began construction of a new building and today, had a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new building. Farm Bureau is the largest group insurer in the Virginia Anthem system and provides home and auto insurance as well to thousands of Virginians. It also helps with many facets of farming including Young Farmer groups.
The public rolled into the parking lot and dined on hot dogs, chips and drinks and farm decorated cakes. They offered the famous Farm Bureau BBQ meatballs as an appetizer as well.Freebies like cups, pens and pads were given under a tent and door prizes including gas and meal cards.