The Wrights explored the Roanoke River Trail. There were pools of water nestled in the rocks that were covered in thin ice that sounded like glass breaking when you dropped it. Beautiful sunny crisp January day!
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Hidden Valley High School Band Boosters will host Casino Night Silent Auction on Sat. Feb. 4 at Hidden Valley Country Club from 7 to 11 p.m.
Casino Night will feature a fundraising basket for Lindsey Nanz. Cost for entry is $35 per person, $40 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, call Hidden Valley High School at 540-776-7320 and ask for the bookkeeper, Cynthia Ulrey.
Those unable to attend the event may still make donations to Lindsey Nanz. Checks may be made payable to the Lindsey Nanz Fund and may be dropped off at SunTrust Bank, located at 4110 Brambleton Ave., at the corner of Brambleton Ave. and Electric Road.
Ken Flint shares these photos and a recap of Cave Spring High School’s Scholastic Bowl team at the River Ridge District Tournament:
In a tournament which went largely to form, the Cave Spring High School Scholastic Bowl team placed second at the River Ridge District Tournament, and qualified for Region IV Tournament.
The loss snapped a two-tournament winning streak for the Knights, who had won the Nitro Tournament in West Virginia and North Carolina’s Carrboro Cup.
In the final match, the Knights fell to defending state champion Christiansburg 255-205. Cave Spring took an early 30 point lead behind captain Michael Zhang, but the Blue Demons’ Matt Moschella led a reversal which saw the first tossup round end with Christiansburg leading 85-60. The lead remained 25 after the second, directed round of questions, as each team scored 90 points, During the final 15 question tossup round, Cave Spring never closed the gap to less than 15 points, and the Blue Demons eventually ground out the win.
The Knights had entered the tournament on a hot streak, winning the Nitro Tournament in West Virginia and the Carrboro Cup in North Carolina in the previous two weeks.
Entering the double-elimination tourney seeded second, the Knights topped third-seeded Blacksburg 305-160 in their first match, as Zhang rang up 165 points on his own. James Cole and Maddie Burton combined to add another 40. On the other side of the bracket, Christiansburg defeated surprising Hidden Valley 350-95. The Titans had upset Salem 190-150 in an opening-round matchup.
Christiansburg pushed Cave Spring to the loser’s bracket with a 270-185 decision. There, the Knights faced Blacksburg again, after the Bears had eliminated Hidden Valley by a 270-130 score to clinch at least a third place finish. In a reprise of their first match, the Knights earned a 290-150 win to eliminate Blacksburg and set up the finals rematch with Christiansburg.
Hidden Valley finished fourth, its highest finish in several years, while Salem and Pulaski County tied for fifth.
Cave Spring will be joined by Christiansburg and Blacksburg at the Region IV tournament, to be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands.
Roanoke County police say someone broke into Hidden Valley High School early in the morning of January 1 and tried to steal a motorized wheelchair belonging to one of the staff members.
Today, police have released these surveillance photos and this statement asking for the public’s help:
Detectives Ask for Help Identifying Suspect Who Broke Into a Local High School
• Incident: Burglary
• Date of Incident: Jan 1, 2012 Time of Incident: Approximately 4:30 a.m.
• Location of Incident: Hidden Valley High School
• Investigating Officer: Roanoke County Police Detective K. Saul
• Additional Remarks:
Roanoke County detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who entered Hidden Valley High school in the early morning hours of January 1, 2012 and attempted to steal a motorized wheelchair belonging to one of the staff members.
Security cameras inside and outside the school captured the incident. Police say the individual, who appears to be a white male in his 20’s or early 30’s, parked at a side entrance to the school around 4:30 a.m. When he entered the school through an unsecured door, he can be seen in security video attempting to access classrooms, the vending machine area, concession area, and several other locked doors. The male subject can also be seen in the security video riding around the high school and in the gym on a staff member’s motorized wheelchair. When the suspect left the school about an hour after entry, he attempted to take the wheelchair with him but was unsuccessful. The wheelchair was located in the school parking lot.
If you have any information regarding this case or the identity of the male subject, please contact Detective K. Saul at 777-8628 or 562
The event featured food, drinks, several musical acts for entertainment and an extensive silent auction. The top-selling auction item was an autographed baseball and baseball card, both signed by Chipper Jones. The pair fetched $350.
Local steel drummers The Bahama Mamas performed on their pink drum sets–with matching pink shirts–in the main worship hall. During a break for the Mamas, one of Lindsey’s older brothers, Eric, performed an acoustic song he wrote for Lindsey called “Appalachian Nightfall.”
“Being in the mountains reminds me of home,” Eric told the crowd. “I wanted to play this song for Lindsey now that she’s back home.”
Eric wasn’t the only member of the family to perform that night: Lindsey’s dad, Roy, also performed with his band, 360, as volunteers took final bids at the different silent auction tables. (Unfortunately, Lindsey’s other two brothers, Jason and Torren, were unable to attend because of work and school commitments.)
Another feature of the fundraising event involved balloons for purchase: folks bought balloons for $5 each and then immediately popped the balloon to reveal a small orange slip of paper with a specific number written on it. Balloon-poppers then checked in at the balloon booth to claim the prize corresponding to their number.
Attendance numbers topped out near 400, according to Sharon Nanz, and as of Tuesday morning, Jan. 31, Vickie Larrington, one of the event coordinators, tallied that the event has brought in around $15,600 for Lindsey and her family so far.
The fundraising doesn’t stop here, though. This Saturday, Feb. 4, the Hidden Valley High School Band Boosters will host a silent auction, and a fundraising basket for Lindsey and her family will be available for donations.
“An Evening for Lindsey” coordinator Sharon Dickenson wants to thank “all of those who helped in so many ways, baking, volunteering, donating, buying items and just being there for Lindsey and her family. We are so overwhelmed by the generosity and the support of the church and community.”
Continue to check back at www.swo-co.com for further updates on Lindsey and the Nanz family.
Back row (left to right): Natalie Martin, Brooke Fretwell, Sophia Desimone, Taylor Hampton, Maddy Sarver, Olivia DeMattia and Emily Allara. Front row (left to right): Kaitlin Saunders, Triff H'Doubler, Lauren Bledsoe, Ella Hodson, Breezy Morstad.
Junior Performing Company from Ardell Stone School of Dancing at Tremaine Dance Competition in Washington, DC Members are Emily Allara (North Cross), Lauren Bledsoe (Oak Grove), Olivia DeMattia (James Madison), Sophia Desimone (Cave Spring), Brooke Fretwell (Penn Forrest), Taylor Hampton (Hidden Valley), Triff H’Doubler (Crystal Spring), Ella Hodson (Oak Grove), Natalie Martin (Cave Spring), Breezy Morstad (Cave Spring), Maddy Sarver (Hidden Valley) and Kaitlin Saunders (Franklin County).
Residents, friends and family gathered at the Bent Mountain Fire & Rescue Station on Sunday, January 22 to honor retiring Roanoke County Librarian, Gladys M.“Totsy” Walters. Mrs. Walters, who retired on December 31, 2011, had served the community at the Bent Mountain Branch Library for 44 years, and only one other county employee has been employed longer. The Bent Mountain Woman’s Club hosted the event and unveiled a plaque that will hang in the library to continue recognizing “Totsy’s” career. Gifts, refreshments and a money tree added to the memories of the day.