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Volume I • Issue 3

VOICE 09/09/09

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“BYRDS of a feather flock together!!! George Morehead and Jim Brogan, WBHS Class of 1964, started their annual party 6 years ago at the club that used to be the Lake Drive Swim Club, and then moved it to the Thunderbird for two years, and have been at the Vinton Moose for three years. Since then they have broadened it to invite any WBHS alumni and their friends to attend. George says he counted over 160 persons this year, which was the largest representation to date. A highlight of the party was Paul Barnard’s presentation of a black and white video of the 1963 football team playing against Cave Spring High School, and, of course, Byrd won with a score of 4212. Those present who played on that team were George Morehead, David Bates, Jerry McMillan, Roger Brown, Paul Hartsell, Jim Sell, Otis Dowdy and Paul Barnard. Jerry English, a recent retiree from WBHS, was the DJ. This annual event is a wonderful way to keep in touch with, and have fun with, WBHS alumni. (Anyone interested in finding out about future activities need to contact George Morehead, Kathryn Scott Sowers, Bootie Bell Chewning Carolyn Hodges Williams or Lynn Ellen McCutchen Thompson. The 4 of them have all email lists that they will share, sending both good and sad information about their classes and others they know.) This is always a swinging party and has the BYRDS flying high. They would love to have everyone join in next year. Check it out!!!!! Here’s more proof they stick together. Great turn out at Logan’s on Monday night, 19 attended. Ken Hogan, Marhall & Janice Murray, Dick McGuffin, Brenda Holland Mitchell, Carolyn (Hodges) and Don Williams, Margaret Ann( Minnix) Gamble, Jackie Glover, Ann (Cundiff) Brown, Reggie Short, Berkley Lucas, Joyce (Reed) & John Walton, Ann( Lephew ) Carroll, Lea (Wheeler) Whitebeck & Bob Bolling, Bette (Eilkerson) Saunders and Lynn Ellen (McCutchen) Thompson. Reservations are already set for Monday Dec. 07 at 6:00pm. Mark your calendars and •See ‘BOOTIE’ - Page 16


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Vinton business owners, town and county try to work together to mend building and zoning differences I had an opportunity to attend a meeting last week with a group of Vinton business owners and heads from both the town of Vinton and Roanoke County at the Woodland Place where they were discussing the issues the business owners had and have continuously had on the building and zoning codes. This was the third meeting between the groups and there had been a sense by some that progress was being made, according to some (I’ll be honest, I did not stay for the entire meeting) that progress may have halted or slowed considerably after the events of September 2nd. Tommy Wood, owner of Wood’s Service Center, among many other ventures, has been the key player in the communication, as a business owner who, wanted to see what could be done to get some questions answered about the why’s what’s and how’s. The meeting started off cordially enough and officials such as Mayor Brad Grose ( a local business owner himself), Town Manager Chris Lawrence, Roanoke County Supervisor Mike Altizer and Roanoke County administrator Clay Goodman, among others were in attendance seemingly ready to listen to the business owners (A who’s who of local business owners.) Things seemingly never got off the ground, however, as Roanoke County Building official Joel Baker was set and ready to give a presentation on the Change of Use requirements and options, when tempers started to flare with the business owners. “When tempers started to flare, I saw it necessary to end our meeting” says Wood, “there has got to be another way to work things out and work together for the betterment of our town.” Thirty-two business and land owners were present and most were there ready to listen, but it only takes a few remarks here or there to set things off and that is exactly what happened, “I feel we as business and property owners now have to put our differences aside with the town and Roanoke County, work to get Vinton Town Council voting for the Business and property owners in our town. Will we get everything? No, but with the cost of Change of Use requirements we have now, anything is better” says Wood, understanding both sides, “our town cannot grow with new business locating here or old property being remolded with thousands of dollars having to be spent on structural testing and other related testing and studies before the first nail is driven. Vinton business owners are aware that many if not most of the regulations are state mandated but in the same sense

most all zoning regulations are voted in by our local councils and Boards.” Although Wood said he left the meeting feeling “disgusted and felt as if I had failed” he has no plans to give up. This won’t be the last of the meetings, he hopes, and it would be a mistake if the government didn’t work with the business owners, I feel. A lot of the empty commercial buildings around town aren’t empty, according to the owners, because people don’t want to bring their businesses to Vinton, they’re empty because of some of the same reasons these business owners were trying to discuss in the meeting gone awry. Hopefully, between the Downtown Revitilatization committee and the sense of pride in our town, things may change for the owners, if they approach it correctly. You only need to catch one big “fish” for the others to start following (just look at Bonsack) …but you have to have bait to fish with.

By Mattie Forbes Vinton Historical Society I am sure there are people left in Vinton who remember Miss Rose Fuqua, a little lady who was less than five feet tall and sold Avon cosmetics to the ladies in the Vinton area. Barbara Hargis said her grandmother Upson bought from her. She asked her grandmother if she was named Rose because of her rosy cheeks and her grandmother said “No,” it was because of the rouge she wore on her cheeks. Miss Rose was born in Bonsack in 1876 and moved to Vinton with her family when she was eleven years old. Most of her life of 100 years, Miss Rose lived in the white house close to the railroad tracks, across from what is now the Vinton Farmers’ Market. She was active in the community and worked for awhile as the town registrar and she devoted much of her time planting and distributing seedling dogwood trees. It is possible some of them are still growing in Vinton. Miss Rose was a member of Thrasher Memorial Methodist Church and sang in the choir for almost 50 years. July 21, 1963 was the GroundBreaking service for the new sanctuary and Miss Rose turned the first shovel of sod. She never married and never drove a car. She delivered her Avon on foot and her friends took her to church. This was a time when everyone knew their neighbors and walking was a normal means of transportation.

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The family that runs together....

Gene Marrano The Escobar family of Vinton apparently are a close-knit bunch, even with daughter Kristin off in college at George Mason. Brennan Escobar, a senior at William Byrd, his parents (Sharon and Pedro) and Kristin (his sister) are all in training for a marathon they plan to run in October. The Marine Corps Marathon on October 25 in Washington D.C. will be Sharon’s and Pedro Escobar’s third, the second for Kristin but a first for Brennan. 26.2-mile runs are not an entirely new thing for the Escobar family. Sharon’s mother used to run them and in fact after coming here from her native Ireland to train in the Vinton area several decades ago, Jeannette was even given a key to the town by Vinton’s Town Council as she prepared for the London Marathon. “She’s done all sorts of running,” says Brennan Escobar, whose name symbolizes his family’s somewhat unique heritage, at least in these parts: Sharon’s family emigrated from Ireland when she was a teenager, while his father is a native of Peru. Little wonder then that Brennan likes to travel abroad, especially to the places his parents called home. “That’s my big passion,” says Brennan, who


has family “everywhere besides the United States.” Brennan has run in the past, at much shorter distances, training for the Byrd tennis season. Last spring he won the regional title and advanced to the state playoffs before bowing out. “Probably not as much as I should [be],” is how he describes how his training regimen to date for the Marine Corps Marathon. “Hopefully it will be enough.” Escobar was a lifeguard during the summer at a local pool, and the swimming he did there should help build his stamina as well. Kristin is off in the DC area and training for the Marine Corps run by herself but the other three Escobars are pushing each other towards next month’s run. “My dad and mom have definitely been a big help with training and motivation. Definitely,” s a y s Brennan, a championship tennis player who only took up the sport about three years ago. He figures this will be his last year of tennis, with plans to focus on his studies in college. Brennan hasn’t said much to schoolmates at Byrd about the marathon plans; that’s not his style. His mom is a big fan: “he

Brennan Escobar, a William Byrd senior, is part of a family full of athletes. The Escobar family plan to run a marathon together this October in Washington D.C. just tries to do a lot of the right things,” says Sharon Escobar of her son, who hopes to become a physician. On a phone interview it was hard to detect any Irish accent from Sharon’s speech but Brennan says his mother’s brogue “is more thick when we’re around family.” Escobar doesn’t think he will be ready to tackle the new Blue Ridge Marathon next spring, a run that will take participants up

from the valley floor in downtown Roanoke to Mill Mountain and the parkway. “[That’s] a whole other task itself,” he chuckles. Brennan has run as far as 13 miles in one training session to date, as he gets ready for the DC Marathon. “I’m a bit nervous about it. 26 miles is not an easy task ... as mental as it gets.” Not to worry; he’ll have plenty of encouragement beforehand the starting gun sounds. “We’re already a close knit family. [This] is just one thing to bring us closer together. That makes me happy.”

In Brief GFWC Woman’s Club of Vinton

As the fall approaches, the recently installed officers of the Vinton Woman’s Club are gearing up for a new club year Newly elected president, Joanne Hamner, held a brainstorming meeting with the club officers, Lois Creasy, 1st VP, Maggie Angell, 2nd VP, Sue Gray, Secretary, and Kathryn Sowers, Treasurer. Ms. Hamner also represented the club at the GFWC Virginia Summer Conference held in Staunton. The board voted to continue annual projects such as supporting the Salvation Army with Christmas stockings and filled Easter eggs and providing dinner at the Ronald McDonald Home. In addition, the club members will sell Uncle Al pecans and nut items to raise funds for the annual club scholarship to William Byrd High School. The first meeting of the fall will be held on September 22, 2009, at the Charles Hill Recreation Center and guests are urged to attend. For more information, contact Maggie Angell, membership chairman (977-5408). Vinton also participates in GFWC Virginia state project. Kathryn Sowers is the chairman.

New Ambulance needed for Virginia Tech Rescue Squad

Remember the joy you felt when the Hokies won the Orange Bowl? Remember saying “I’d give anything for the Hokies to win

this bowl game!”? You can honor your winning Virginia Tech team with a gift to help buy a new ambulance for the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. This student run rescue squad responds to all on campus emergency medical calls. They were first on the scene for the April 16, 2007 tragedy providing treatment and transportation for more than 50 students and faculty. In 2007, 804 times they responded to medical emergencies. While many are routine, over 150 calls received advance life support treatment. How can you help? General Federation of Women’s Clubs Virginia is raising $172,000 to buy a new, fullyequipped Traumahawk Advanced Life Support Ambulance for the VT Rescue Squad. This vehicle will replace a well-used 1998 model. GFWC Virginia is honoring the VT Rescue Squad and providing a lasting memorial with this ambulance. Make your check payable to GFWC Virginia and mail it to GFWC Virginia / PO Box 8750 / Richmond, VA 23226 (a 501.c.3 organization). Note that the gift is for the VT ambulance. For further information, contact Kathryn Sowers, Project Chairman, at 540342-8611.

Motorcycle Rally & Poker Run “Running with the Terriers” When: Saturday, September 26, 2009 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM * Poker Run Registration begins at 9: 00 AM, last bike out by 11:00 AM. * Bike Show Registration 2:00 to 3:00 PM * Classic Car Show Registration 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon * All Prizes awarded at 4:00 PM Where: William Byrd High School Washington Avenue Vinton, VA 24179 Donations: Poker Run: $15.00 per Person Bike Show: $5.00 per Bike Classic Car Show: $5.00 per Car All proceeds from this event will benefit the William Byrd High School Track & Field Program.




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We realize we’re not perfect and once we get the issue in our hands, we, just like you, go over it with a fine tooth comb for mistakes. Well, we’ve found some and because we know we’re not perfect, we will share our mistakes with you our little sidebar each week, starting in this issue, called “Oops.” If you see any mistakes, send them in. We know they’re there and we want to fix them! Sometimes they’re our fault, sometimes they’re not, but here were some of the “Oops” from the 9/2 issue.... • On the “Voices of the Voice” section, we actually decided (accidentally) to add an addtional “ i “ to Vinton in Gene Marrano’s answer. • The portion in Elementary corner about Herman L. Horn should have read;... The Family Night at the Vinton McDonalds sponsored by the Herman L. Horn PTA is Monday, Sept. 21 from 4-7:00. Please mark your calendars and come out to support our school. A portion of the sales will benefit our school. but we had it as the 22nd.... • On page 13, a picture of the first issue contributors was credited to Scott Brooks, but should have been credited to Terry Mazeika • One page 24, the continuation of the Monica West story directed you to page 27. It should have been 23. Although there were technically 28 pages in last week’s issue, four of them were the sports schedule and calendar and weren’t technically numbered. If you see any more, send them in. We hope that we don’t have to utilize this section too much, but hey, we’re human.

Golf tournament scheduled for three-year-old with infantile scoliosis Story by Kristin Adams Allie Jamison runs and plays like any three-year-old. One would never know by looking at her that she has a life threatening disease. Until you look at her back, that is. Allie has Progressive Infantile Scoliosis, a rare form of scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, which affects children three years old and younger. She was diagnosed in July of 2008 after a trip to the beach. Her parents, Amy and Mike Jamison, noticed that something did not look right about her spine. The doctors, however, told them to wait and see what happened. “[That] was a big mistake,” Allie’s mother said. The orthopedic doctors did not know how detrimental the waitand-see game was for children Allie’s age. The disease is so threatening for Allie because she is still growing. If her spine continues to curve as she grows, it could crush her organs. Scoliosis in adolescents can be corrected with surgery or a brace. The surgery involves attaching rods to the top and bottom of the spine. Correcting Infantile Scoliosis this way, however, has a

100 percent complication rate. It would stunt Allie’s growth, which would cause the rest of her organs to become too large for her body. That would lead to a shortened life on a respirator. “That was not an option,” Jamison said. As a result, Allie will have to use the relatively new technique called Mehta Casting. After stretching her out and manipulating her body to be as straight as possible, the doctors will put her into a sort of cast, which will fit similarly to a tank top. The purpose of the cast is to gently straighten the spine. The Jamisons will have to travel to South Carolina every seven weeks for two years to replace the cast as she grows. There is no where closer that the procedure is being performed. Before the casting, however, Allie faces another difficult obstacle. It is normal protocol for those diagnosed with Infantile Scoliosis to get an MRI to discover the underlying cause of the curvature. Her underlying cause is a spinal cord tumor. She will have to have surgery UVA Medical Center on September 21 to have as much of the tumor removed as possible. If they left it in, the tumor could cause symptoms such as loss of feeling in her legs and feet. The Jamisons have noticed no signs

of problems with her tumor yet, however. “Even her neurologist can’t believe she has no symptoms,” Jamison explained. Her parents and the doctors will not know until after she has healed whether or not she will need the Mehta casting procedure. “She will probably still need casting,” Jamison said. Allie understands as much about her disease as a three-yearold can. She says her “back is twisted,” and she knows that she will have to wear a cast and will get surgery. “They’re going to cut my back,” Allie says. Although the Jamisons do have health insurance, they are facing serious costs for Allie’s treatments. Deductibles and the percentages of surgery which they have to pay will be very expensive. They will also be faced with travel expenses to go to South Carolina every seven weeks for at least two years. This is why the golf tournament idea was devised.

“I’m blessed with wonderful friends,” Jamison said. “They planned the whole thing and then told me about it.” The tournament is to be held Sunday, September 27, at the Botetourt Country Club. The cost is $220 per team and $55 for individuals. This cost includes the green fees, the cart, and prizes. The format is 18 hole Captain’s Choice. To enter the golf tournament, contact Tony and Stacy Wiseman at the phone numbers 540-8900992 or 540-529-8871; or Ryan and Denise Salvi at 540-966-3929 or 540-520-9332. For now, Allie is running and playing, and keeping up with her two older sisters Alyssa and Ashlynn just fine. “She never complains,” Jamison said. Jamison predicts that it will take a couple of weeks to get used to the cast, and then it will just be part of the daily routine. “I think kids are so resilient and they’re better at this stuff than we are,” Jamison said.

person, marriage, and family. The “advise” I give is fairly conservative and has been successfully proven over and over to work. If folks can pull just a few things from this column to help them or their situation, then I will have been a service to my comunity.

Introducing Dale Russell

You are the resident “financial expert” here at the Voice, what made you decide to give free advice the the folks in Vinton? I have been witness to the destructive nature money and what the lack of financial knowledge can do to a

What, in your mind, separates Vinton from other communities? It may sound a bit corny, but Vinton has a very “Mayberry-ish” feel in that folks know one another, they share their talents and skills for the improvement of the community, and they have a love for another that just cannot be found in other places. If you ran Vinton, what would you change? I would bring a full service Dunkin’ Donuts, Chick-Fil-A, and Firehouse Subs to the town. I have already scoped out locations, too... Serioulsy, I would work to build business and economic growth in the area so that the young folks leaving for college have a reason to return once they graduate. What do you see as the future of Vinton I see Vinton being the same quaint, quiet little town it is today 50 years from now...I believe the folks here like the slow life pace and have I become the acquaintenance of many who are second or third generation familes in the Vinton community.


WBHS Remembering 9/11 Story by Tiffany Hodges Terrier Times Staff Writer When the date September 11th comes to mind, thoughts immediately turn to the tragedy that occurred on that date in 2001. “I think it is good that people remember it for the right reasons and not in a sense of revenge,” said Jane Johnson Teacher at William Byrd High School. “It is a good day to celebrate and honor the people whose lives were lost on that day.” For many students now in WBHS, the memories are of fear and confusion. Most were in elementary school and not exactly sure of what was going on either because they didn’t understand the significance or they were shielded from the violence. Students have since gained perspective on the terrorist attacks and a few offered their thoughts and remembrances of the tragic day. Sophomore Michael Boland - “I was in 2nd grade it was just a quiet day in general. They gave us work to do quietly for once and it was weird. I did not understand what was going on. You could say I was confused not exactly sure, but it was a terrible time and our country is coming back.” Sophomore Allison Crenshaw - “I was in 2nd grade and I did not understand what was going on. I did not think it was a big deal two planes crashed into a building. Big whoop. But, now that I am older I have more realization and

now realize the larger magnitude of the situation.” Senior Tim Shell - “I was in 4th grade in private school. It was a class of 12 and they kept leaving us and telling us to read quietly. They didn’t tell us what was going on. They just told us to ask our parents when we got home. They ended up shutting down the school and we were just like “yeah! We’re getting out of school. Yay! I had no idea what was going on, so I did not realize the significance at the time.” Junior Bryce Sutliff - “I was in 3rd grade I was surprised, but they let us watch the news.” Jane Johnson, WBHS teacher - “It was my first year here and the actual even happened right before the first class of the day ended. The art teacher Mrs. Gains came into my classroom and asked “Have you heard we’ve been attacked?” At first I thought that it was something that occurred within the school until she went and cut on the news and I noticed that it was something that occurred in the real world. The students all took it seriously and everyone seemed to know somebody who was in New York personally. Then word started going around that an airplane crashed into the pentagon and I thought it was just a rumor going around. Then I went down to the secretary and she confirmed that yes it was true. Junior Alexa Tilley – “I was in 3rd grade and I attended Christian school and we were having Chapel service and they told us that we were going to go to war. I was scared.”

Freshman Day Helps Smooth the Transition into WBHS Story by Kristina Hodges & Michelah King Terrier Times Staff Writers On Tuesday September 1st, the ninth graders at William Byrd High School found their rightful place in their new school through the second annual “Freshman Day” events. “This is about your freshman year and how [we are] supposed to be relying on other people helping you though this year,” said freshman Alexis Radcliffe of the event which is designed to help the class bond from the outset of their high school years while transitioning from middle school. That morning the graduating class of 2013 split up into two groups. One group went to the practice fields to participate in team-building activities and the others went to the auditorium to attend their introduction assembly. “The talking was boring and the activities were fun because they got us out of class,” said freshman Caitlin Donahue. Among the goals of the assembly were explaining school rules to the students and making freshmen aware of resources that were available to them. At the designated time, the two groups switched locations so that all ninth graders experienced all parts of the event. “It was alright,” said Stephanie Ashwell. We learned “we have to communicate to get through high school.” It appeared that the even met the goals set by English teacher and ninth grade team leader Mr. Kris McCoy, who worked with WBHS Assistant Principal Mrs. Amy Duff, freshman homeroom teachers and others to plan the event. “After last year’s freshman day I heard a lot of feed back. So my inspiration for this year was informational yet fun with everybody getting something from it,” McCoy said. “I considered it successful because we achieved what we set out to do. We’ll work to make it better and more useful each year.”

Chris Carr

COACHING DIARY: PART II I am enjoying being back involved at Byrd. I have been to both football games, and I really like seeing the baseball kids play football. I think its important for our athletes to get out there in game situations. There are many lessons that I learned from Coach Highfill and Coach George, while I was playing football that made me a better baseball player. I have also been to a couple golf matches and even seen some cross country. I would really like to see more baseball kids get involved in other sports. As for baseball, we have started fall baseball, and I really appreciate Todd Boothe, Mike Thompson, and Rick Carr coaching the team. They will be playing a 20 game schedule and some of the games will be played at Terrier Field. I hope to see some of the community there, and I would really like to see some of the baseball alumni get back to the games. If anyone would like a fall schedule please e-mail me at


9 things learned about college Story by Samantha Hoback It’s hard to believe that my first year of college has come and gone. This time last year, I was just a freshman, lost and overwhelmed at a new school in a new city surrounded by new people. I didn’t really know anybody except my roommate and a handful of people in my classes. I was scared and alone, but I was also excited. So much has changed since my freshman year. I have a great group of friends that greeted me as I was moving my stuff into my dorm. I know where everything is on campus and in the community. I am no longer intimidated by the amount of options in the dining hall or having to do my own laundry. Moving back to Wake Forest in August felt like coming home. Looking back at my first year of college, I realize how much life has changed for me since graduation day. Although I expected some things, like homework and personal responsibility, to change, there are some aspects of college life for which I was not as prepared. A year older wiser, I have compiled a list of things that I have learned about college. Number One: I may have been a big fish

in a small pond at William Byrd, but at Wake Forest, I am definitely a smaller fish in a much bigger pond. College can be both liberating and humbling, and I now realize what people were talking about when they said that college prepares you for the real world. Number Two: Life goes on while you are away from home. “It felt really weird to come home and see changes in the community, like the remodeled Kroger,” Whitney Eakin, a sophomore at College of Charleston, said. Number Three: It is really important to establish yourself as a local in your new community. Familiarize yourself with things around your school, like restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores, so that you will feel more at home. Number Four: Keep up your good habits from home. Eat breakfast, go to church, clean your room—just because you are in college doesn’t mean you should stop doing these things. “It is really a huge change when the only person that does your laundry is you, the only person that dictates when you eat is you, and the only person that tells you when to go to bed is you,” Brett LaPrad, a freshman at Wake Forest, said. Number Five: In order to stay healthy, you have to stay active. I don’t mean just physically,

but mentally and emotionally as well. For me, yoga, Pilates, reading and time with friends have helped to keep me focused. Number Six: This one is an oldie but a goodie—get involved. And don’t let others necessarily influence what you decide to pursue. “The more you do, the less you will get homesick and the more comfortable you’ll feel,” Levi Buck, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, said. Number Seven: I’ve learned that not every day is going to be full of sunshine. You just have to take life one day at a time. Number Eight: You may be surprise by what you discover when you try new things. The other day, my friends and I found this random Mediterranean café downtown for dinner, and I discovered that I love Lebanese food. Number Nine: The most important thing that I have learned while I’ve been at school is how much I love and appreciate my family. “Calling home is something I look forward to,” LaPrad said, “and my family enjoys hearing from me.” I love Vinton. I miss the Dogwood Festival and Jerry’s sausage poofs. I miss my friends at Vinton Baptist and football games at Robert A. Patterson stadium. But I also love Wake Forest, and the best part about being a college student is having two places to call home.

WBHS Service Learning Leadership and DECA

Association of Marketing Students, making a difference on 9/11 National Day of Service and Rememberance Story by Ashley Lester William Byrd HS Student September 11th will forever remain an infamous day in our country’s history. Almost 3,000 civilians lost their lives in horrific events which permanently devastated our country. Even after a few years, the aftermath still has heavy hold on all of our hearts. Nearly everyone can recall what they were doing, or where they were on that ill-fated day, and just as many were wondering what they could do to help. Eight years later, the William Byrd Service Learning Leadership class and the WBHS DECA Chapter are doing just that. This year, the WBHS Varsity Football team has a home

game on Friday, September 11th, 2009. The students are asking all of you to help make this the most memorable game of the season! Along with the National Day of Service and Remembrance, September is the Hunger Action Month™. Collection boxes will be placed at the entry to the football game and all attendees to this game are encouraged to bring a canned food item or monetary donation. These donations will benefit the S.W. Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank. A mere $5 donation will provide almost fifteen meals for the underprivileged in our community. September is a time where our world, country, state, and community unite to help one another in this time of remembrance and memorial.

William Byrd Leadership and Marketing students are taking donations of multiple kinds leading up to the home football game on Sept. 11.


Vinton Firehouse Desert Sun Relay for McDonalds Sk8 n’Play Tanning Life 101 Walnut Ave Vinton, VA 24179-3325 (540) 342-1988 Desert Sun opened in 1988. They opened with 9 tanning units and that was just not enough so they added 9 more, bringing their total to 18 total “super’ beds. During the busy spring months, they’ll have as many as 200 customers on a daily basis, some who have been coming for twenty years. Known for having a “super clean salon” customers visit Desert Sun for a variety of reasons other than tanning including muscles aches, back aches, arthritis, cirrhosis and even for stress relief. The outside of the building is bright and cheerful thanks to Lanny and Gene West of Gene West Painting Company. This is a family owned and operated business that has been in Vinton for 21 years, and Gene, Mitzi , Linda or Lanny are always there. They offer great specials and are open all year.


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Opened in 1948 and remodled in 2007, the Vinton War Memorial has become the Premier event venue in the Roanoke Valley. The original idea behind the Memorial was to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country in World War II and originally housed the town’s library, a kitchen and numerous meeting rooms. Today it is used for meetings, events, wedding receptions and more. For more information go to www.vintonwarm

It all started with a band and a need for uniforms in 1956 and in the past 53 years, the Vinton Dogwood Festival has grown to be, arguably, Vinton’s biggest event. While the biggest attraction is the Parade, which is viewed by tens of thousands of people every year, the festivities start a few days before the Saturday Parade with the carnival and in recent years a “Guitar Hero” competition which has been a huge draw. For more information, please visit www.vinto

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William Byrd High School offers one of the premiere theatre departments in SW Virginia. The department offers Theatre Arts I-IV courses, and opportunities for students to perform on stage and work on technical crews. Many of the WBHS players have gone on to work in professional theatre and in the film industry. They recently won more medals and trophies than any other group at the 2009 National Performing Arts Festival in Orlando. To find out more about the theatre courses, contact Carol Webster

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Honorable Mention The People of Vinton The Greenways The Vinton Fall Festival The Dogwood Restaurant Local Churches The Lancerlot Stonebridge Park The Farmers’ Market Cundiff Drug The Vinton Library The Veterans’ Monument The Small Town Atmosphere Bootie Bell Chewning

Others receiving votes Chalaine Rec Sports Lake Drive Plaza Thrasher and Lynn Haven Pre-Schools Vinton Baptist First Aid and Fire Crews Baseball Season (Thanks, Easton) Dedicated Teachers Horse Farm Biking Path 4th of July Celebration Safe Neighborhoods Vinton Museum

The name says it all, Pizza is their specialty. A landmark of Vinton, their menu has many, many other items, but the Pizza is what keeps everyone coming back. Ask just about anyone in Vinton and they’ll be the first to say that New York Pizza might just be the best Pizza in all the Valley. Although they’re working on a long term construction project, people seem to forget all about the mess when they take their first bite.


Bush Valley Swim Club (closed) Aqua Net Swim Club Jerry’s Restaurant The Blue Ridge Parkway Paradise Ice Charles Hill Senior Center Community Foot Care The Bluegrass Festival (no longer taking place)

Photos by Danae Wensley

TOP: Betty Kelly, veteran and Vitnon Vision Committee member throwing a lucky penny in the concrete foundation. BOTTOM: Thor Construction, staff of Thor and John Kirtley, General Contractor, working on the foundation.

Story by Danae Wensley While many people were sleeping in, or perhaps enjoying a hot cup of cocoa and a good book on Saturday, January 20, 1968, this was not the case for Vinton resident Norm Jasper, a Vietnam veteran. From 1967-1968, Jasper spent his days as commander of Kilo Company, a marine division stationed in Khe Sanh. On January 20, 1968 his battalion was attacked by a large force of North Vietnamese. The 77-year-old veteran remembers every detail of that day as if it were yesterday. “[Even though] we were outnumbered two to one, we still managed to capture seven prisoners,” Jasper recalled. “Ten marines were killed and twentyfive were wounded, including me, but we couldn’t evacuate until the fog cleared,” he said. Jasper is just one of thousands of veterans with similar stories from their time in World War II, Vietnam, Korea or any of the recent military conflicts. T h e sacrifices


made by the men and women in our military and their families cannot be overstated. Their willingness to serve and protect our freedoms and those who cannot protect themselves is something we need to honor, respect and remember. The stories of their deeds need to be told and retold to our children and our children’s children, lest we forget the great price that was paid. Many of these heroes reside in our own community of Vinton and Roanoke County. In recognition and appreciation of their great sacrifice, the Vinton Vision committee commissioned the building of the Vinton/Roanoke County Veterans monument, which is currently under construction on the grounds of the Vinton War Memorial. The octagonal pavilion will feature a terraced fountain, bronze American flag, bronze military seals and granite panels inscribed with the names of fallen soldiers from Vinton and Roanoke County. The monument will also be surrounded by brick-style pavers, engraved with the names of active and retired military and others we wish to honor. The monument concept was designed by Larry Bechtel, Mary Babcook and John Kirtley, who also serves as the lead contractor for the project. Construction is going well and the projected completion time is spring 2010. The foundation has been poured and the rock garden/ retention wall and steps are in place. The pavilion, columns,

lintels and ramp are all being pre-cast. The sculpted American flag is being cast in bronze by Shoop’s American Bronze Casting Foundry in Wisconsin. Financing for the $400,000 monument has been a cooperative effort between the Town of Vinton, Roanoke County, generous donors and sale of the brick-style pavers. Jason Peters and Norm Jasper serve as co-chairmen of the capital campaign, and are sincerely committed to raising the remaining $125,000 needed to finish the project. To help in this effort, local residents are welcome and encouraged to purchase pavers in honor of military personnel or anyone they would like to honor. The Vinton Vision committee is also calling upon you, our readers, to help us identify those Vinton and Roanoke County residents who gave the ultimate sacrifice. If you know of any Vinton or Roanoke County residents who were killed in action during World War II or subsequent wars or conflicts, please let us know. We would appreciate a response by September 30. “The Veterans Monument will be a constant memory of those who serve and those who have served. We will never forget the importance of freedom and those results that help our nation grow

and prosper,” Jasper said. Upon completion, the Vinton/Roanoke County Veterans monument will be a place of serenity and reflection. A place to remind us of all the things, and people, we have to be thankful for, and hopefully inspire us to live better lives. Most importantly, it will be a place to, as Jasper says, “Remember the past for a brighter future.” You can help us in our efforts to honor local veterans by 1) purchasing and dedicating a brick-style paver for $150, 2) making a monetary donation of any amount to the monument fund or 3) submitting names of Vinton and Roanoke County residents who were killed in action during World War II or a subsequent war or conflict. Anyone wishing to take part in these efforts may do so by contacting Mary Beth Layman at (540) 983-0613 (or by e-mail at or Betty Kelly at (540) 345-3342. You can also visit the Veterans Monument website at www.vrcveteransmonu For more information about the Town of Vinton, our efforts to recognize veterans or upcoming events, please visit our website at or Become a Fan on Facebook.

PHOTOS While Jason Peters (right) was officially announcing his candidacy for the Roanoke County School board, promising to address issues honestly even if everyone doesn’t like what is said, his opponents Russell Wise and incumbent Mike Stovall as well as the other local candidates were getting their signs ready as election season has officially kicked off. Look for detailed information on each candidate in our special “Meet the Candidates” section, the week before the Nov. 3rd election!

RIGHT: Billy Obenchain takes time to read the 2nd edition of the Voice during a break at a recent Town Council Meeting.

ABOVE: Mary Beth Layman of the Town of Vinton, makes a presentation to Town Council regarding restrictions on events with alcohol LEFT: Owner Allison Finney Bragg and snack bar attendant Susie Holdren pose during a pool party at Aqua Net Swim Club on September 6.

ABOVE: Pictures from the “Cruise In” by Judy Cunningham


How do you feel about Money?

Dale Russell, MBA Well, here we are again…I’m glad you decided to join me again. I really enjoy the time we spend chatting. Did you have that talk with yourself or your spouse about your money? Were you completely honest? That’s key because without that foundation, anything built on it will be temporary. Just like the foundation on your home, if it the foundation is not solid, eventually the walls will come crashing in. Do you believe in HOPE and its power and position in your mental attitude? Remember, HOPE is the expectation of attainment. Do you expect things to change or stay the same? Changes are caused by you… on purpose. If that’s true then why not decide to make a change for the better? Now we can move on to something new and exciting. How do you feel about money? Do you believe it to be some endangered species that you only get glimpses of? Or do you believe that money is the root of evil? Or, maybe you view it as something different … What is your opinion about money? The honest answer to that question will reveal a tremendous amount about your psychological perception and misconceptions about money.

Do you believe that money is a fleeting creature showing themselves to you only briefly once in a while? Then it’s time to get to the root of the issue. Why do you think your money, that you worked so hard to earn, runs into the wallet of another? Could it be that you haven’t taken control of your money and taught it how to hang around? I once owned a dog that would run about aimlessly [and away from me] and no matter how many times I called her name, she would not come back. She was determined to seek out greener pastures, exploring each neighbor’s yard until finally she came back sometime later only to run again when she saw me. It wasn’t until I trained her did she understand, as much as a dog would, that when I called her name she was to return to where I was even if she didn’t want to. Your cash isn’t much different. Now, let’s tackle the issue of money being the root of evil. Do me a favor and take some moey out of your pocket. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s a penny or a $100 bill, just take it out and hold it in your hand and look at it. Really concentrate on it. That money is no more evil

Your money is very similar to that untrained dog running the neighborhood fancy free. than your shoe so let’s keep things in perspective. Ok, maybe you don’t agree. Maybe you view money as the root of all evil and that wealth harms the soul and destroys the moral fibers of our society. How about we try something…quit your job and try

living without money. You can’t. I would argue it is through wealth that great and beneficial things are accomplished. Let’s get something else out of the way, ok? Every dollar you have spent, are spending, or will spend has been claimed by someone. By that I mean that the marketing departments in every business you do buy things from have a plan to get your money. They have targeted your wallet and claimed your money for themselves through branding and advertising. It works. Why don’t YOU name where your money goes? If you don’t, someone else will, I promise. Your money is very similar to that untrained dog running the neighborhood fancy free. Except the yards are just a bit different…they are fast food restaurants, mall stores, big box retailers, television advertisers, and the like and they are all calling your money by name asking them, in fact begging them to come their way. Now I’m not trying to convince you not to go out to eat, or to the movies, or to the mall. Those are all fun things and you should do them. The only real difference is that it’s not the money that needs training, but rather it is us that need the training. We need to learn how to keep our cash on a leash letting it explore only the yards we choose, with a plan and on purpose. Resolve today to view money not as evil or as a rare and fleeting creature you only get a glimpse of. Decide today to work diligently to make changes in how you think, feel, and view money. Again, I look forward to hearing from the readers of the VOICE. Keep the e-mails coming to wheresmymoney@vinto

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M&M built to serve customers, community Story by Chris Manning Opening his doors in 1985, Larry “Moe” Mattox of M&M Insurance Agency has been a staple of the Vinton community for quite a long time. When he first brought Allstate to Vinton, the only places you were able to get Allstate policies were through two local offices or at the Sears store on Williamson, 24 years later, most people come to his office. The office he’s in now, on Lee Ave., right across from the Farmers’ Market isn’t his first office in town, he spent five years on Virginia Ave., but he’s now been there close to twenty years with no signs of slowing down. M&M Insurance, one would think, stands for Mattox and Mattox, as Moe’s son Jeff is there with him as well, but it doesn’t. It doesn’t actually stand for anything. “When I converted my agent contract to an independent and was asked what my agency name was the first thing I saw was an M&M wrapper and

the rest was history” remembers Mattox. M&M Agency, in its current state offers much more than the typical car insurance you’d normally think of. “Our Allstate agency is Multi-Line in its product selection including auto, home, life, business as well as financial retirement venues” Mattox says. They also offer cancer, disability and long term care coverage, essentially the complete package. Mattox says they put service over product, but also mentions that most agents would likely say the same thing, adding “your customer’s perception of how valuable you are to their insurance program is one of the things that makes you unique in this business.” Mattox’s “nothing is too small” attitude may be another factor separating him from his competition, “Customers mean everything and are the single most important part of any business. We realized that from the first day and no matter what question or concern our customer may have, we try to make it our most important concern also.”

Most of M&M’s customers know Moe from things outside of insurance and although humble about it, Moe has made nearly a separate career out of serving his community, including the Area Chamber of Commerce, the Civitan Club, the Citizen’s police academy, among many others. “I would stress to anyone wanting to be more involved in the community to look into the opportunity of the Citizen’s police academy and learn hands on what our town is about.” As far as his hometown is concerned, Mattox grew up here and has no plans of leaving “there’s no place like home.”

More about “Moe.” By Larry “Moe” Mattox

I got the nickname “Moe” when I was 15 and growing up in Midway. First job at age 15 was working as a meat cutter trainee and delivery driver for my uncle’s meat market. As fate would have it, I realized that it is very difficult working for a relative, especially when you are trying to be independent and also outspoken. When these “qualities” didn’t agree with my Uncle’s ideals, I ceased trying to become a meat cutter. Of course this led to other opportunities and marriage; five children and thirteen grandchildren. Married to Carol (Graham,) who has been supportive of just about everything that I have ever tried to do. The children are all fairly successful in their own right, and other than a few health issues, every day brings its own challenges and rewards.


•‘BOOTIE’ continued from page 02 bring a friend. Dinners are always the first Monday in Dec., Mar., June & Sept. They also plan special ones for people when they are in town. Like the ones for Colleen Humphreys McDaniel and Carol Webster Beishir, so if you are in town let them know. Server Bridget will have a Surprise planned for Dec., come see what it is!! Other Byrd events are WBHS Class of 1959 Reunion “ BIG 50,” at Pine Spur Hunt Club Sept. 19th. For more info call Charlie McCarty -580-4517, Sue King England 890-5869 or Gayle Meador Obenchain -342-4870. Price $35.00 per person. With Charlie there you know it will be a fun time. Call and let them know you will be there. Remember Class of 1989 ,20th Oct 16-17 more info or on Facebook. Also WBHS Class of 1954 WOW! Big 55th, Oct 2 & 3 at the Charlie Hill Center & War Memorial. Reunions are always so much fun. The only thing that surprises me is that people from out of town sometime make more of an effort to attend then Photo by Rod DIxon those in town or near. Don’t be one of Party in the Park - Humana Big those, check out your reunion. You might Lick Ice Cream Dance Contest be surprised at the fun you will have. winners, Jeff Folen and Bootie. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Maegan Puckett, Cindy Gardner, Cindy Dickerson, Samantha Mabe, Harry St. Clair (86) doesn’t look it, Janet Saunders, Kelley Hellams & Ann McDowell. David Ritchie was in town recently visiting with his Dad and family. While here he attended the football game on Friday night and a Goody’s store reunion and of course visited Hooter’s. He’s their no 1 fan. . Happy Birthday David belated. Get well wishes and prayers go out to Cammye Obenchian (great news! No more cancer), Bill Hufton, Sharon Kirby (Carol Simmon’s sister), Rebecca Nunley, Karen Miller, Jim Rice (much Improved,) Shirley Rice (surgery this week), Sassy Bell Chewning (my little dog heart problems) yes she is like one of the family Conratulations! To Mary and Marks Hypes who celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary last weekend. May you have many more together. Congrats! To Teresa Thornton on her graduation from Jefferson College Of Health & Science in Practical nursing and has passed her Licensure Exam. Way to go! We need all the nurses we can get. Thanks to all for cheering so loud at Event Zone’s Party in the Park last Thursday to make me and partner Jeff Nolen the winners in the dance contest. All the couples were great and especially last year’s champs Bob Gorgan and Courtney Edwards. It’s really hard trying to dance with an ice cream cone in your hand. It was the Big Lick Ice Cream Dance contest sponsored by Humana. It was fun. Check out the pics by Rod Dixon photographer at , Party in the Park. I know I should act my age but what fun would that be. See you all Thurs for The Coastline Band. Let’s dance some more!! Thrasher’s got Talent Show & dinner Sept 13 at 5:00 pm. Rebecca Holden will be at the 9:00 & 11:00 am services at Thrasher Sept 13 and Sept 11 - American Legion ,Salem for an event 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A Rally in support for Military Families an Family values. Non- partisan Event. State Office holders and candidates. Even activities for children. Fun for all.


Announcements Firehouse accepting supplies Firehouse Sk8 n’ Play is accepting new, unopened school supplies in September. Anyone bringing those supplies will receive $3 off their Sunday Admission. The collected supplies will then be divided up between the local elementary schools.

Chamber Golf Tournament The Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual golf tournament September 17th at Blue Hills Golf course. Lunch will be served at 11:30 with a shotgun start at 1:30. Cost is $65 per player or $240 per team. Registration fees include lunch, range balls prior to tournament, golf card, beverage & snack cart and a goodie bag. For more information or registration, call the Vinton Area Chamber of commerce at 540 343 1364

‘Neighborhood’ Yard Sale

ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD YARD SALE, DILLON WOODS September 19th 7:30am to at least 1pm Rain or Shine. Portions of the proceeds will go to the following organizations; The Rescue Mission Phone# 343-7227 Mailing Address P.O. Box 11525 ROANOKE,VA 24022 (Tap) Total Action Against Poverty Phone# 345-6781 P.O.Box 2868 Roanoke,VA24001 (USO) United Service Organizations 1-800-876-7469 USO Headquarters Department US P.O.Box 96860 Washington DC 20090

Ground game crucial in Byrd’s loss

•Hidden Valley’s second straight 40-plus point game overwhelms Terriers Derrick Palmer and David Williams were set as the feature attraction last Friday and they didn’t dissapoint. However Williams, the Hidden Valley running back, was just a little stronger and a little faster as he led the Titans in a 49-14 blowout win over William Byrd. Williams broke the Hidden Valley single game rushing record for the second straight week by running for 314 yards and punched in four seperate touchdowns. Palmer, a William Byrd senior, was also strong again, even in the loss. Palmer ran for 166 yards on 28 attempts, upping his season total to 466 yards. He also scored his fifth touchdown of the season and completed two passes for 34 yards. Devid Jennings (53 yards, one touchdown), Rashid Hill (10), Jonathon Altice (15) and Levi Haymaker (4) completed the strong Byrd run game for the night. Hill and Seth Webb were on the receiving end of Palmer’s passes. The Hidden Valley offense, anchored by Williams, was assisted by Michael Simonic who was perfect under center, completing all three passes he threw for 26 yards. Additionally, he ran four times for 70 yards and two scores. Jung Kim ran for 66 yards and the seventh Titan touchdown, a run that took up 65 of those yards. Byrd will now look to rebound on Friday

Photos by Chris Manning ABOVE: Junior lineman AJ Kingery (#54, center of photo) joins teammates in throwing blocks to open a hole for senior quarterback Derrick Palmer in Friday’s loss at Hidden Valley. with home games against Brookville. Hidden Valley Totals: PASSING 3/3, 26 yards; RUSHING 34 attempts, 460 yards; nine first downs; two fumble recoveries

Byrd golfers take two of top three Last Thursday, September 3, the Wiliam Byrd golf team competed in their final Mini-Tournament of 2009 as Ashley. The Terriers shot a 273 total on the day, outdone only by the 264 of Lord Botetourt, who also topped Byrd overall 1473 to 1490 in the five tournaments. It was the top event of all five for the Terriers. The overall win sends the Cavaliers to the Region III Tournament as a repeat champion. Also repeating in 2009 was individual champion Clay O’Connor from Lord Botetourt, who ended with a five tournament total of 342 following a stellar final score of 60. O’Connor also shot 77, 69, 69 and 72 throughout the tournaments. William Byrd claimed second and third with Ben Firebaugh (69-75-77-6969) at 342 and Brandon Bailey (72-79-74-73-64) at 361. Jake Mankin finished sixth with 382 and Jacob McMillian placed ninth overall with 388. Bailey led William Byrd in last week’s final event with a 63, followed by Mankin (68), Firebaugh (69), McMillian (73), Mark Corkery (79) and Chris Beckman (88). Tyler Boothe and Will Hayden competed in the Mini-Tournaments for Byrd but did not compete in the fifth and final. Boote appeared in all four of the first five whole Hayden appeared in just two of the five. Following the Cavaliers and Terriers in the overall standings were Northside (1591), Alleghany (1658) and Staunton River (1716).

William Byrd Totals: PASSING 3/6, 37 yards; RUSHING 42 attempts, 250 yards; 12 first downs; two fumbles, both lost. Statistics provided by Tom Frazier

Terrier runners prepare for Knight’s Crossing Invite this weekend This coming Saturday, the Terrier cross country teams will be in the biggest event of the young season. The Knight’s Crossing XC Invitational hosted by Cave Spring at Green Hill Park in Salem. This event hosts 50 high school teams as well as a mixture of 25 middle school and elementary school teams. “This is a big one” says coach Eric Royal. The races for the schools start at 9 am, please see the schedule below for specific race times.

Photo by Chris Manning Terrier golfer Brandon Bailey tees off. Bailey finished third in the overall standings with a clutch 64 the September 3 final meet.


Players of the Week Kalyn Molnar was picked as Varsity’s “Player of the Week” for her stand out performance at our match against Salem (away). She led our team with 24 digs that night and has really excelled in her position so far this season. Megan Molnar was picked by her coaches as player of the week as well. She was picked for demonstrating leadership skills on the volleyball court at the JV level. She was picked by coaches Candice McNew and Katie Hetherington.

Byrd volleyball varsity comes up short against Salem, JV takes third in tourney The lady Terrier Varsity Volleyball made it a little more interesting this past Tuesday against Salem, but still came up short, dropping their third straight. They lost the first two games 25-16 and 25-14, but came back to win the third 25-27 before dropping the fourth and final 25-20 to the lady Spartans. Statistical leaders were Candace Brady with 15 assists and16 digs, Kalyn Molnar with 36 digs, Sarah Vipperman with 4 aces and 3 kills, Samantha Webster with 10 kills and 2 aces and Macie Hoback with 6 kills and 3 digs. The Varsity plays tomorrow after the JV’s, at home against Glenvar in a rematch from the previous week’s 5 game thriller. The JV Volleyball team hosted a five team tournament on Saturday morning beginning at 8:30, where the Lady Terriers took on and defeated Roanoke Catholic and Brookville and lost to Northside, finishing with a 2-1 record. . Franklin County was also in the tournament but didn’t play the Terriers. Northside was the overall winner of the tournament and Byrd finished third.





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athletic programs. Stump also hasn’t forgotten that volleyball is a game and it is supposed to be fun, as shown in the recent 80’s night at home against Salem. The girls did their best to bring back 80’s fashion and showed up for warm-ups in fluorescent shirts and “cheap” sunglasses. These are the kinds of things that not only are fun for the players, but also get the student body to participate and attend games more, during 80’s night, the majority of the student section was full and they were cheering on their team, something that you don’t always see at most schools’ volleyball games, but a refreshing sight at Byrd. Stump gets to bring her “fun, urgent, intensity” to William Byrd student athletes during two seasons as she’s also the head ladies’ tennis coach where she shares the same ideals in the spring as she does during the fall.

Senior Samantha Webster and Sophomore Macie Hoback are both middle hitters on the 2009 William Byrd Varsity volleyball team. They technically play the same position but aren’t competing for it as they will be seen on the court at the same time. Both players seem to share Coach Stump’s competitive spirit and positive attitude. Macie credits Samantha for some of the things she’s learned as a middle hitter “I’ve learned a lot from her, she’s great.” While you’d think, being a sophomore, Macie would be new to all this, it isn’t the case as this is her second year on Varsity and is a captain and she has some lofty goals for this year, especially after losing in the first round of regionals last year. “A perfect season for us would be a district championship and a shot to win state,” she says. Samantha agrees “I’d love to win the district and get a shot at state, I really want a state ring.” Samantha describes herself as someone with an “intense personality” who tries to keep everyone upbeat around her. Macie agrees, “No drama.” Samantha and Macie both agree that one of the keys to this season is going to be staying positive. Their opponents might tell you a lot of their success is because of the both of them getting nearly twenty kills combined night in and night out. Photos (Top to Bottom): Samantha Webster, Macie Hoback



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Amanda Stump: Bringing intensity, positivity to the court

Amanda Stump is in her second year as head Varsity Volleyball coach for the William Byrd Lady Terriers. Stump, a former four-time Miss Virginia competitor has plenty of experience on the court both as a player and as a coach, as a member of the 2000 state championship team under then head coach Sharon Hensley, and a member of the team that finished third in 2001. She went on to play at Mary Baldwin College, then transferred to Roanoke College, but an opportunity at Liberty High School changed her direction when she became Junior Varsity coach. Stump coached a couple more places including Jefferson Forest, until the Byrd job came open and it was a no brainer. Not only was she able to return to her alma mater, but she was able to replace the woman who coached her, Sharon Hensley, and start to fill her legendary shoes. “There were lots of expectations very quickly” Stump recalls. The

first thing she did was get the Volleyball boosters on board and try to make things more exciting and take the stress off of her and her coaching staff (Candice McNew and Katie Hetherington, a 2002 Byrd Volleyball Alum) and Stump can’t say enough good things about the Booster Club and how they’ve stepped up. “Getting everyone on board has been huge.” One of the things Stump has instilled in her players is mental toughness, her girls play just as hard on the road as they do at home. “I want them to have a sense of pride, not just come out and play. They need to have a sense of urgency and intensity” says Stump. She points to the Lady Terriers’ recent match against Glenvar as an example of this goal coming to fruition. Although they lost in 5 games, they never quit and played hard the entire time. She looks as herself as not only the players’ coach, but a mentor and someone they can look up to. She also wants to make sure all of her players are positive role models for the younger generation and good citizens in the community, something that sometimes gets forgotten by •See ‘STUMP’ - Page 19





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This 09/09/09 edition of the Voice is led by the 9 Favorite Things about Vinton as voted on by fans of the Voice. Also featured is Larry "Mo...

Vinton Voice Volume 1, Issue 3  

This 09/09/09 edition of the Voice is led by the 9 Favorite Things about Vinton as voted on by fans of the Voice. Also featured is Larry "Mo...