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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.