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Tazewell County Sheriff's Office launches free gun safety program

TAZEWELL, Va. -- The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office has launched a free gun safety program for county citizens.

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Friday 09/26/2014
Chevy Suburban donated to Tazewell County Sheriff's Office
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Freedom Ford of Claypool Hill donated a 2008 Chevy Suburban to the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office earlier this week.

Monday 04/28/2014
League of Women Voters holds Meet & Greets for town candidates’
Posted: April 28, 2014

Two Meet & Greet events in the towns of Damascus and Abingdon were held last week.

Thursday 02/27/2014
Abingdon's Scott Cooper directs a stellar cast
Updated: February 27, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Longtime locals may recall Abingdon native Scott Cooper as Jim and Loretta Cooper’s son.

Thursday 01/02/2014
Barter to unveil 2014 schedule, artwork
Updated: January 02, 2014 - 2:21 pm

ABINGDON, Va. - Barter Theatre officials will tonight unveil the 2014 season play schedule and accompanying artwork.

Thursday 11/21/2013
Council paying for remediation
Posted: November 21, 2013

The Floyd Town Council thought the delay-plagued Heritage Trail was finally finished this summer, but at the Council meeting Thursday, Council members had to deal with solving yet another problem.

NRCA holds RSVP meeting
Posted: November 21, 2013

The NRCA Floyd Retired and Senior Volunteer Program RSVP had a Volunteer Workstation Meet and Greet Wednesday, November 20 at the Jessie Peterman Library.

Wednesday 11/20/2013
Feiertag talks about tourism
Posted: November 20, 2013

Howard Feiertag, a well-known hospitality industry veteran, spoke to Tourism Advisory Board members and others in a small group session Wednesday morning, November 6 at the Floyd Eco Village and then to tourism or service-related business representatives that afternoon.

Safe Surfin' promotes internet safety
Posted: November 20, 2013

For kids, computers offer a gateway to the world. They can be fun and educational.

Tuesday 11/19/2013
Wythe County offers free weather class
Posted: November 19, 2013

Wythe County officials announce plans to host a free severe weather course, aimed at providing the general public with the necessary knowledge to spot severe weather patterns early.

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Sunday 11/17/2013
Todd, N.C., marked the end of the 'Virginia Creeper' line
Updated: January 06, 2014 - 9:44 am

In Virginia, we are taught to believe that the Virginia Creeper Trail is simply that: a Virginia thing, spanning about 34 miles from Abingdon to the North Carolina border.

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Friday 11/15/2013
HICKORY RIDGE READER: Sweet dreams
Posted: November 15, 2013

Greetings from Hickory Ridge. Jewel is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet and actress. She has been nominated for four Grammys. She lives with her husband and young son in rural Texas.

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Thursday 11/14/2013
JUST SAYIN': Sound it out
Posted: November 14, 2013

Have you ever shut your eyes and just listened? It doesn’t matter where you are, although I don’t recommend doing it while driving or speaking directly to a superior. The former could be deadly and the latter could just be awkward. I’m talking about when you’re at home on the couch and the kids are anywhere nearby. Maybe just for a moment or two when you’re in a crowded restaurant (any longer looks strange). I’m talking about just soaking up the atmosphere of wherever you are and looking at things from a different perspective. It might keep us from missing something.

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Wednesday 11/13/2013
Tazewell school board sets policy for naming facilities
Posted: November 13, 2013

There is now a clear path to naming schools and school facilities in Tazewell County.

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Wythe chamber dinner Nov. 14
Posted: November 13, 2013

The Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors invites you to attend the Annual Membership Dinner Meeting to be held on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.

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S.C. man convicted in Wythe County crash that killed three
Posted: November 13, 2013

A South Carolina motorist could face up to 30 years in prison next year when he’s sentenced for a 2012 fatal crash that killed three McDowell, W.Va., residents on their way to a family reunion.

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Firefighters battle national forest blaze in Wythe County
Updated: November 15, 2013 - 10:51 am

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Southern States encourages horse clubs to take part in program
Posted: November 13, 2013

In the spirit of holiday giving, Southern States Cooperative is encouraging its horse feed customers to support horse clubs throughout its territory who participate in the Southern States SHOW (Special Horse Organization Winner’s) Program.

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Bland County grad takes a trip to China
Posted: November 13, 2013

Laura Asbury is 20 years old and wants to travel the world. She’s already been to several European countries and can now mark China off her list.

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DAR group hears presentation on father of Texas
Posted: November 13, 2013

Jerrie Moore presented a program at the October meeting of the Stuart – Wilderness Road Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution on the life of Stephen Austin. He is claimed by Texans; but you need to remember he was a Virginian first.

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SENIOR MOMENT: What a difference the weeks make
Posted: November 13, 2013

I can’t fully express my relief knowing that the 2013 political election campaign is over and that hopefully the campaign telephone calls have ended. Statistically these repeated calls may have proven to be effective vote-getters, but that’s certainly not true in our household. During one hour while we were trying to have an enjoyable Sunday lunch with our family and visitors, we received three political calls. It’s a good thing that we had attended church earlier in the day and that the calls were taped and not personally delivered by a dedicated volunteer.

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Tuesday 11/12/2013
Police take woman into custody following Smyth school incident
Posted: November 12, 2013

Oak Point Elementary School and the Smyth Career & Technology Center went on what Superintendent Dr. Michael Robinson called a “modified lockdown” Tuesday afternoon, following an incident at Atkins Elementary School that morning.

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Bland Ministry Center accepting donations for Christmas program
Posted: November 12, 2013

With Christmas just over five weeks away, the Bland Ministry Center is again partnering with the Bland County Department of Social Services to provide toys and food boxes to qualifying families in the county. Toys for age infant to 18 must be received by Dec. 9.

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School system hries financial consultant
Posted: November 12, 2013

While the woman charged with taking $300,000 from Tazewell County Schools awaits her day in court, the school system is moving ahead with plans to assure it doesn’t happen again.

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Wytheville honors veteran
Posted: November 12, 2013

Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Austin said Monday that he doesn’t remember much about that fateful day in April 2009 that led to the amputation of both his legs.

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Operations manager named for Washington County Service Authority
Posted: November 12, 2013

Dave Cheek has been named operations manager for the Washington County Service Authority, the third-largest water and wastewater utility in Southwest Virginia.

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Community health professionals to aid with ACA applications at libraries in Abingdon, Damascus
Posted: November 12, 2013

Staff from Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems will be on hand at the main library in Abingdon and the Damascus branch to provide information on and assistance with completing health insurance marketplace applications.

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Update: Smyth schools' modified lockdown lifted; law enforcement resolves situation
Updated: November 12, 2013 - 3:15 pm

At shortly after 3 p.m., the Smyth County School system sent out a notification that the modified lockdown has been lifted. The notification stated that law enforcement had resolved the situation.

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FROM THE DOGTROT: A hard day's work
Posted: November 12, 2013

I recently had a conversation with a business owner. He was remarking about how difficult it is to hire people in the area for any available positions. He said that he had earnestly tried because he knows that ours is an economically depressed area. He was frustrated that most can’t pass a drug test. He was appalled that most are unashamed about not having a high school diploma or the gumption to at least get a GED. He discussed the lack of a positive work ethic. Being on time, putting in an honest day of work, staying of the cell phone/texting, and doing one’s best seem to be from another era. Our conversation began with discussing my frustration at the inability in finding goods made in the United States. His response had been that he well understood why executives were taking their factories overseas. It was difficult to get laborers who were truly willing to work.

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Southern States food drive under way
Posted: November 12, 2013

The third annual Southern States Holiday Food Drive began Monday, Nov. 11, and once again Southern States Cooperative will partner with local food banks in cities and communities throughout the southeast to help feed disadvantaged families and individuals during the holiday season.

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Search for missing hunter enters fifth day
Updated: November 13, 2013 - 10:16 pm

As a cold rain fell, coal miners headed into the woods to look for one of their buddies around eight a.m. Nov. 12.

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College renews lease
Posted: November 12, 2013

Wytheville Community College established a new lease with the Crossroads Institute this week. The college has been leasing space to offer classes in the Twin County area since the Crossroads Institute opened in 2005.

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Monday 11/11/2013
Abingdon hospital strikes deal with medical school
Posted: November 11, 2013

Johnston Memorial Hospital’s directors voted last week to partner with a Blacksburg and South Carolina based college to establish a residency program in Abingdon.

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Wythe County apartments going smoke-free
Posted: November 11, 2013

Longview and Longview Village Apartments are scheduled to go smoke-free on Jan. 1, 2014, along with a total of 246 properties managed by Partnership Property Management (PPM) of Greensboro.

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I MADE IT UP: Tea Party tea party
Posted: November 11, 2013

What started out as an email joke escalated into a serious lark. When we decided to do it, we swore each other to secrecy. I knew only one of the other conspirators: Dennett Slemp, who took the name, “Tomahawk.” As a writer, I was “Smoke Signal.”

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Search for missing hunter enters fourth day
Posted: November 11, 2013

Dogs trained to find explosives were being used as the search for Eric Grady Smith headed into its fourth day.

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E-waste recycling event coming to Marion
Posted: November 11, 2013

On Nov. 16, the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County Inc. will host an E-Waste, cell phone and ink cartridge recycling event, joining thousands of organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative by Keep America Beautiful and the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” will help to educate people about the importance of recycling to the economy and environmental well-being as well as motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.

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EXTENSION ANSWERS: Start a compost pile
Posted: November 11, 2013

Many people consider fall to be the best time of year with its cooler weather, falling foliage, and pumpkin adorned porches. However, after Halloween passes and yards are filled with leaves, most people are left wondering what to do with the now collapsing pumpkins and leaf piles. This is the perfect opportunity to educate children about composting! Creating a compost would be a family activity that could last through the summer.

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Touring troupe lands at library
Posted: November 11, 2013

The national touring theatrical troupe Act!vated Story Theatre will arrive to “Act!vate” multicultural folktales at the Wytheville and Independence libraries as part of a series of programs funded by Target Stores. On each of the two days, the troupe will first present "Hand Play", a fun hands-on workshop in American Sign Language for toddlers and their caregivers. Later in the day, the troupe will perform two multicultural folktales from its current repertoire for audiences of all ages.

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Sunday 11/10/2013
Marion honors Albano, Groseclose with Extra Mile awards
Posted: November 10, 2013

The town of Marion celebrated two of its citizens who go the extra mile to improve the community Monday evening.

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Senior center offering November movies for free
Posted: November 10, 2013

Free Monday movies continue throughout the month of November at Abingdon Senior Center. Admission is free, popcorn and soft drinks are available with a suggested donation of 25 cents each.

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Music Harvest coming to Rural Retreat
Posted: November 10, 2013

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the MacDowell Music Club will be hosting its 18th Annual Fall Music Harvest at the Rural Retreat High School Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m.; the admission price for adults is $10. All proceeds will go to support the Rural Retreat Schools Music Departments. Last year, the club presented $500 each to the Rural Retreat Middle and High School’s band and chorus.

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A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Walking the walk
Posted: November 10, 2013

I scuffled through the leaves over to the polls last week, in an early November twilight.

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Art talk set for Emory & Henry College
Posted: November 10, 2013

Morgan Craig, a Philadelphia based painter, will be presented by the Emory & Henry College Arts Series in an Artalk on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Board of Visitors Lounge, Van Dyke Center on the campus of Emory & Henry College. The Artalk relates to his exhibition, Shelf Life: An Exploration in Architecture and Identity, on display in The 1912 Gallery, Emory Train. The exhibit opens on Monday evening at 6:30 for viewing prior to the Artalk and afterward for a reception with the artist.

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Internet safety series continues in Abingdon
Updated: November 11, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Who’s Lurking in My Computer?, the second in a two-part series on Internet safety, will be offered on Monday, Nov. 11, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Virginia Ballroom of Abingdon Senior Center.

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Veterans Day activities planned in Wythe County
Posted: November 10, 2013

Two events will celebrate Veterans Day in Wytheville this Monday, Nov. 11. The Wall of Honor Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center at 11 a.m. and the American Flag Retirement Ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. in Withers Park.

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Saturday 11/09/2013
Saltville museum's Salute to Veterans exhibit to stay up through year's end
Posted: November 09, 2013

The Salute to Veterans exhibit has been so popular at the Museum of the Middle Appalachians in Saltville that it has been extended until the end of the year. 

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Northwood High theatre students rise to Shakespeare's challenge
Posted: November 09, 2013

Northwood High theatre students are channeling the spirit of “The Bard” with their award-winning performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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Biological woodsman emphasizes restorative forestry
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 8:22 pm

If you’re going to be a biological woodsman and practice restorative forestry, you embrace the concept that what you leave in the forest is more important than what you take. - Jason Rutledge

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Cook murder trail set for January
Updated: November 11, 2013 - 5:51 pm

An expert retained by defense counsel will review autopsy results before the murder case against Willard Dell Cook goes forward.

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Cook murder case set for January
Updated: November 11, 2013 - 5:51 pm

An expert retained by defense counsel will review autopsy results before the murder case against Willard Dell Cook goes forward.

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Mistletoe Market runs through weekend
Posted: November 09, 2013

William King Museum’s 15th annual Mistletoe Market will take place Nov. 8-10 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center located at Exit 14 off I-81 in Abingdon.

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SAGE ADVICE: Teachable moments
Posted: November 09, 2013

I’m a nerd, somewhat different from a geek, though I have some of those characteristics too.

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Finding Uncle Billy, Jesus and hamster in boy's belly
Posted: November 09, 2013

Adam’s grandmother heard him talking from his car seat in the back of the car. Looking through the rearview mirror, she could see the 4-year-old pointing to places on his shirt and muttering something. Finally, she asked Adam why he was talking to his shirt.

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Hunger documentary to be shown in Wytheville
Posted: November 09, 2013

A documentary film, “A Place at the Table,” explores the issue of hunger in America from the viewpoint of three people struggling with a lack of food. It will be shown at no cost this Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Wytheville Community College’s Snyder Auditorium (Grayson Hall).

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Friday 11/08/2013
Recovering from 'death'
Posted: November 08, 2013

Piney and She woke up to the Sunday morning news about the recovery of a “dead” woman at the last moment by an injection. It was a pretty dull presentation, but reminded Piney of a real incident in his family.

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Marion church still collecting items for holiday care packages for troops in Afghanistan
Posted: November 08, 2013

The season of giving is upon us and so are thoughts of friends and loved ones far away.

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Memories of an old jail
Posted: November 08, 2013

Watching the popular Andy Griffith Show reruns on television takes Kent Vaughan back to his days working out of the old Wythe County Jail.

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New Wythe supervisor ready to serve
Posted: November 08, 2013

Wythe County voters elected a new supervisor Tuesday and returned five incumbents to office.

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