Celebrating one year: Ridge View Bank reflects on a year of success

Pictured are Melissa Marable, universal associate, left, Jacob Thomas, assistant community office manager, Mark Madden, AVP wealth partner, Carrie McConnell, president, Todd Parsons, commercial lender, and Laura Alexander, universal associate. Photos by Edmee CR Hasler. Universal Associate Kevin Stuckey works with a client at Ridge View Bank. Edmee CR Hasler edmee@mainstreetnewspapers.com Ridge View Bank in Salem recently marked its one-year anniversary on Feb. 13, with a week-long celebration, offering treats like cupcakes, donuts, sandwiches and merchandise to its valued clients and potential future customers. President Carrie McConnell and Jacob Thomas, assistant community office manager joke around in the lobby. Reflecting...

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Hundreds turn out for HopeTree hearing, scores oppose

HopeTree Family Services President and Chief Executive Officer Jon Morris explains proposed campus rezoning and development ideas at the Feb. 14 public hearing before the Salem Planning Commission. Photo by Meg Hibbert. By Meg Hibbert Contributing Writer More than 250 people turned out for the Feb. 14 Salem Planning Commission’s public hearing to learn about possibilities for the campus formerly known as the Virginia Baptist Children’s Home, founded in 1890 to care for orphans. Most of the citizens who spoke opposed the large number of houses proposed the property. No decision was made that night at the hearing that ran...

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Salem City School Board holds February meeting

The Salem City School Board is pictured during its February meeting.Photo by Edmee CR Hasler Edmee CR Hasler edmee@mainstreetnewspapers.com During the Salem City School Board meeting held on Feb. 13, various reports were presented and several recommendations were approved pertaining to School Operating, Cafeteria, Grants, Capital Projects, and Reserve Funds. Additionally, a school debt schedule and meal tax were given the green light. These adjustments are set to augment both revenue and expenditure budgets in the School Cafeteria Fund by $137,000, the School Grant Fund by $417,325 and the School General Fund by $65,000. The motion, initiated by Stacey Danstrom...

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