Welcome mat readied for Marion troopsIt'll be a great Christmas for some folks in the Marion area.
BY MATTHEW LAKIN, BRISTOL HERALD COURIER
MARION - Get ready to wave that flag again.
Families expect to welcome the soldiers of Company A of the 463rd Engineer Battalion home Friday – just in time for Christmas.
The Marion-based Army Reserve unit, made up of about 50 local soldiers with others from around the country, left in October 2004 for combat training and arrived in Iraq in January. Members spent most of the year there, grading roads, building bridges and working on other rebuilding projects.
They made it through with no deaths or serious injuries. (link)
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
The boys (and girls) are comin' home:
Posted by Jerry Fuhrman at 6:01 AM
Another area manufacturing plant is closing.
Valleydale Foods in Salem will cease operationsWhile Rome burns ...
By Duncan Adams, The Roanoke Times
Ultimately, 344 workers will lose their jobs as the plant phases out its production.
Valleydale Foods in Salem is closing. The pork processing plant will shut down in two phases, with the first phase beginning in late January. Ultimately, 344 workers will lose their jobs in Salem, with 208 affected by the first phase.
Bernice Newcomb said she and others will miss the Valleydale plant. "I'm sorry to see them go," she said. "They hired a lot of people in Salem." (link)
Posted by Jerry Fuhrman at 5:42 AM