Burn Ban in Effect

February 12, 2018

Botetourt County, VA — Virginia’s Spring Fire Season Burn Ban, also known as the “4:00 p.m. burning law”, goes into effect on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Specifically, the law prohibits burning except between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight every day from February 15 through April 30 if the fire is in or (more…)

Harkness Screens Starts Production in Botetourt

October 4, 2017

CLOVERDALE, VA (October 3, 2017)– Harkness Screens will soon begin manufacturing large high-performance coated 2D and 3D cinema screens in EastPark Commerce Center in Botetourt County, Virginia. The company, which is relocating manufacturing from Fredericksburg, Virginia as part of a multi-million dollar investment, will employ up to 50 people in the first phase with significant (more…)

Exit 150 Roundabout Set to Open

September 19, 2017

Traffic Study for US 220 and Catawba Road

September 12, 2017

Botetourt County recently contracted with the engineering firm Mattern & Craig in order to obtain concepts for future improvements at the intersection of US 220 and Catawba Road. This study is a part of ongoing infrastructure planning in the County and will inform County leaders about the possibilities available at the intersection. Moreover, the study (more…)

Update on Status of Tinker Creek

August 14, 2017

The following update has been provided by the Virginia Department of Health: On Monday, August 7th, DEQ Water Monitoring staff collected additional water samples from Tinker Creek.  Sampling locations ranged from the vicinity of the spill to the Route 24 bridge across Tinker Creek near the confluence with the Roanoke River. Water samples were analyzed (more…)

Recreation Incentive Fund Program Opens Up

July 17, 2017

Fincastle, VA – Botetourt County’s Department of Recreation & Facilities is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Recreation Incentive Fund Program. This award-winning program offers matching funds to community service groups, individuals, and businesses wishing to make recreation-related capital improvements on publicly owned property. This year a total of $35,000 of matching funds will be (more…)

Botetourt Urges Preparedness When Hiking

July 17, 2017

Fincastle, VA — In the past two weeks, Botetourt Fire & EMS search and rescue personnel have responded to three separate events along the Tinker Mountain section of the Appalachian Trail for distressed hikers. In at least two of the cases, a lack of preparedness was the main reason for needing assistance. “Every year we try (more…)

County Appoints Fire and EMS Chief

April 18, 2017

Fincastle, VA – Botetourt County has appointed Matthew Britt as its next Chief of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Britt brings more than a decade of experience and education in fire and EMS service to his new post. In this role, Britt will oversee a combined fire and EMS system of a dozen volunteer fire (more…)

Upper James River Water Trail Receives International Recognition

December 22, 2016

Upper James River Water Trail Receives International Recognition Travel and Leisure magazine, one of the premier travel magazines, has recognized the Upper James River Water Trail in Botetourt County as a destination for adventure travel novices. The list of destinations is specifically intended for beginning adventurers who want to experience the great outdoors without needing expert-level skill. (more…)

Major Detour for Rt. 11 at Exit 150

December 20, 2016

SALEM — Due to weather conditions forecasted for this weekend, the opening of Gateway Crossing and the detour for Route 11 has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, December 20. The traffic switch is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and drivers should expect delays throughout the day. Traffic in the area may be stopped periodically as (more…)