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Allen sentenced in bank fraud case

Paul D. Allen, the 53-year-old British-born promoter who used a fabricated data center created on the Internet to try and lure investors to such a purported center promised for Floyd County’s Commerce Park, was sentenced in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, June 29 to four years and three months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in fines and restitutions in a bank fraud case. Allen also faces deportation back to England after his prison sentence is served without parole.

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Monday 07/06/2015
Veterans' families get college discount
Posted: July 06, 2015

Children and spouses of military veterans may now qualify for a dramatic reduction in tuition and fees at state-supported colleges and universities.

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Chilhowie Mighty Warrior Marching Band prepares for 2015 marching show
Posted: July 06, 2015

The Chilhowie Mighty Warrior Marching Band has announced its 2015 marching show.

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Extension Answers: Careers in agriculture -- More than you imagine
Posted: July 06, 2015

Going back to my time as a full-time dairyman, stretching through my time as a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech, and up to the present day, I see evidence that fewer and fewer people truly understand what it takes to feed our nation. The same holds true for careers in agriculture.

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Girl, 5, dies in July 4 crash
Posted: July 06, 2015

A 5-year-old Houston, Texas, girl died in a July 4 crash on Interstate 81, just south of Chilhowie.

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Car boot enforcement begins in Wytheville
Posted: July 06, 2015

To address the number of unpaid parking violations, effective July 1, the Wytheville Police Department will be using parking boots on vehicles that have received three or more unpaid parking tickets, Chief Rick Arnold said.

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Sunday 07/05/2015
Italian Rose serving customers in Marion
Posted: July 05, 2015

One of Marion's newest restaurants, the Italian Rose, is just behind Walgreen's on North Main Street and offers  gourmet pizzas, seafood, authentic Italian cuisine and spirits among the items on its menu.

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Tazewell County Church hosting film premiere
Posted: July 05, 2015

City on a Hill in Tazewell will host a free screening of the Christian film Virtuous on Sunday, July 12 at 6 pm.  Contemporary Christian artist and star of the film, Brandy Allison will be at the event to share her testimony and host a meet and greet following the screening. Producer Jason Campbell of JC Films will introduce the film.

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Harpo's Hardware opens new store in Marion
Posted: July 05, 2015

One of Marion Downtown’s newest businesses and a Pop Up Marion grant winner is Harpo’s Hardware, LLC, located at 238 East Lee Street in downtown Marion. Owners Monica and Foy Patton are excited to expand their business in Rural Retreat to Marion.

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4-H'ers invited to register for day camps in Floyd
Posted: July 05, 2015

The Floyd Extension Office has announced several day camps for 4-H’ers.

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Lions Club Carnival is coming to Saltville
Posted: July 05, 2015

The Saltville-Rich Valley Lions Club annual Carnival is coming to town July 7-11, 6 until 10 p.m. nightly with bingo beginning at 7 p.m.

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Wythe man pens book for children
Posted: July 05, 2015

How a lonely old man’s compassion for a hungry squirrel leads to friendship with the animal is at the heart of Thomas Earl Farmer’s first book. While “Mr. Farmer’s Buffet for Animals: A Story of a Lonely Man and a Little Squirrel” may be considered a book for children, the message is for all ages.

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Saturday 07/04/2015
I-81 wreck claims child's life, injures 4
Updated: July 04, 2015 - 7:55 pm

A child's life was claimed in an Interstate 81 wreck this afternoon. A woman, teenager and two other children were injured and are hospitalized.

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Marion's Dollar Tree expands inventory in new location
Posted: July 04, 2015

Marion Dollar Tree has moved out of the Walmart shopping center and into a larger facility. Now located at 1585 North Main Street, just beside Tractor Supply, the corporation has remodeled the new facility and expanded its inventory. The store is now able to offer a wider variety of items, including frozen food and grocery items.

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New Virginia Laws now in effect
Posted: July 04, 2015

July 1 opened the new fiscal year for states, counties and towns and brought several new laws to the commonwealth.

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Floyd's July 4th celebration today
Posted: July 04, 2015

The annual Independence Day celebration is scheduled for today, July 4th, at Floyd County High School. Sponsored by the Floyd County Merchants’ and Businessmen’s Association, the event includes free bounce attractions for the children, bingo, door prizes every hour and food.

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Children's theater to hold auditions Monday at Marion's Lincoln Theatre
Posted: July 04, 2015

Each summer for the past 10 years, children from Smyth County and the surrounding region have gathered at The Lincoln Theatre for a unique arts education experience. The Lincoln hosts Missoula Children’s Theatre, a touring children’s theater residency that provides opportunities for local children to explore their talents in stage craft.

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Volunteers wanted for Bland Beautification Committee
Posted: July 04, 2015

Since 2012, the Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce Bland Beautification Committee has brightened the town’s business district. Members of the group have planted flowers and placed hanging baskets and wreaths in the downtown area.

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Confederate flag: Hide it or fly it in Wythe?
Posted: July 04, 2015

Every evening, they pull their pickup trucks and cars into the Wytheville Walmart parking lot and sit for a spell. For hours, the young people laugh, talk, people watch and just hang out.

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Friday 07/03/2015
Long Hollow Road bridge to be closed Monday
Posted: July 03, 2015

Due to replacement of the Long Hollow Road bridge at Northwood Middle School , a section of the route will be closed to traffic Monday, July 6.

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Marion's July Fourth Rock, White and Blues concert location moved
Posted: July 03, 2015

Due to forecasts calling for rain on July Fourth, the Rock, White and Blues concert featuring Marion's Michael Shaun Brown with "Dirty White Lies" has been moved to the Marion Farmers Market Pavilion, adjacent to the Marion Post Office on the corner of Chestnut and Cherry streets. 

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Abingdon hospital earns Energy Star certification
Posted: July 03, 2015

Johnston Memorial Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

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Train lover dies at 86
Posted: July 03, 2015

Doug Wohlford, who was aboard Norfolk & Western steam locomotive No. 603 when famous train photographer O. Winston Link snapped one of his iconic photos, died May 27 in his home by the railroad tracks near Berea Road. He was 86.

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Woman in Wytheville crash dies in hospital
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 9:44 pm

An 82-year-old Dublin woman became the town of Wytheville’s first fatality in six years when she died early Wednesday morning in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, police said. Louise Viers Dickerson had been hospitalized since she was injured in a vehicle crash on June 17.

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100+ searchers continue to look for missing 14-year-old girl around Sugar Grove
Posted: July 03, 2015

At the end of its second week, the search for a missing Tennessee teen continues in and around Sugar Grove.

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Communities busy with Fourth plans
Posted: July 03, 2015

The Fourth of July will be celebrated across Wythe County with a variety of events on Saturday. Activities from Ivanhoe to Rural Retreat will offer fun for everyone.

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Wytheville clinic's neighbors complain
Posted: July 03, 2015

Wytheville’s Hope Pain Clinic on Peppers Ferry Road is the focus of recent complaints from its neighbors and online questions about its procedures.

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Police investigate fatal I-77 crash in Carroll County
Posted: July 03, 2015

At 8:06 a.m. Friday (July 3), Virginia State Police Sr. Trooper D.A. Phipps was called to the scene of a fatal crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77. The crash occurred near the 22 mile marker in Carroll County.

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Wythe man gets jail time in officer assault
Posted: July 03, 2015

Convicted of assaulting two deputies who arrested him on a probation violation in a motel bathroom, a Wytheville man was sentenced to jail time on Monday.

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Identity theft expert offers advice
Posted: July 03, 2015

Abingdon Health & Rehab held its first in a series of Heath Talks led by Virginia Senior Navigator and crime prevention specialist Allen Slagle, and the focus – identity theft protection for seniors only – was disturbing.

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Saltville-Rich Valley Lions Club installs new officers
Posted: July 03, 2015

The Saltville-Rich Valley Lions Club's newly elected officers for the 2015-2016 term were officially installed by District Governor L. Ray Templin. Installed were Lion Ernie Blevins as president, Lion Susan Young as 1st vice president and Lion Todd Young as 2nd vice president.

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New giant ground flag in Marion to be dedicated July 4
Posted: July 03, 2015

Dedication of the giant ground flag project below Marion Elementary School is set for Saturday, July 4, at 10 a.m. Rain or shine the program will take place in an area behind the school around the bus lane with parking available at the school.

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Former Assistant Treasurer of Floyd County admits embezzling funds
Posted: July 03, 2015

The former Assistant Treasurer of Floyd County Tuesday admitted embezzling just over $37,000 in funds from taxpayers over a three-year period and faces sentencing after conviction by Circuit Judge Marc Long of six felonies for the thefts and a string of computer fraud misdemeanors.

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Improvements planned for Bland County Fairgrounds
Posted: July 03, 2015

Plans to improve a section of the Bland County Fairgrounds are being considered by the Bland County Board of Supervisors and the Bland County Fair Association. A grant application to cover some of the expenses is being prepared.

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Business is booming for family store owner
Posted: July 03, 2015

The man whose grandmother sold fireworks nearly 70 years ago is having a blast continuing the family tradition.

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Thursday 07/02/2015
Inmates help care for 100+ seized cats at Smyth County Animal Shelter
Posted: July 02, 2015

After providing several weeks of seemingly nonstop care for more than 100 cats, Smyth County Animal Shelter staff and volunteers were finally granted some relief when the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority agreed to an inmate work release program that began Monday.

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Tazewell gets grant to restore train station
Updated: July 05, 2015 - 10:24 pm

While the train didn’t stop at the North Tazewell station July 2 the sound of “all aboard’ was heard.

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Art camp decorates Abingdon
Posted: July 02, 2015

A group of elementary and middle school art students left their classroom studio last Friday to add their own touch of creativity to Abingdon’s Main Street Park.

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Saltville-Rich Valley Lions honor two members with highest award
Posted: July 02, 2015

Today, the Melvin Jones award is the highest award in Lionism.  A recipient has to diligently work serving and improving their community.

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Hall named VP of Wytheville branch of bank
Posted: July 02, 2015

First Bank of Virginia has named Artie Hall the vice president of its Wytheville branch.

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Blue Ridge PBS wins Emmy
Posted: July 02, 2015

Blue Ridge PBS has received a 2014 Emmy award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This year, Blue Ridge PBS was recognized in the Documentary - Cultural category with “Barter Theatre: Trading Ham for Hamlet.”

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Movies planned for Glade library
Posted: July 02, 2015

The Books to Movie cinema series at the Glade Spring branch library, Glade Spring, will feature “A Farewell to Arms,” Tuesday, July 7 at 2 p.m.

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WCC announces honor lists for Smyth County students
Posted: July 02, 2015

A number of Smyth County residents have earned academic distinction at Wytheville Community College by being named to the President’s Honor Roll or the Dean’s List for the spring semester.

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Crooked Road Ramblers, Bluegrass Kinsmen due in Wytheville on July 18
Posted: July 02, 2015

Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring the Bluegrass Kinsmen and the Crooked Road Ramblers on Saturday, July 18, from 7-9 p.m.

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Riner pilot, passenger receive minor injuries in plane crash
Updated: July 06, 2015 - 1:17 pm

At 5:07 p.m., Wednesday (July 1), Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. M.G. Musser responded to a plane crash at the Twin County Airport in Hillsville, Va. A 1979 Piper Cherokee Warrior was attempting to land when it made a crash landing approximately 200 to 300 feet short of the airport’s runway.

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BARTER REVIEW: Carefree fun at the Barter
Posted: July 02, 2015

There’s something to be said for good, clean, carefree fun, especially in times when most news seems ominous.

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Bland County High School gets Wells Fargo Cup
Posted: July 02, 2015

Bland County High School has captured the Division 1A Wells Fargo Cup for Academics, thanks to strong performances by the school’s theater and forensics teams.

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Wednesday 07/01/2015
Eric Congdon playing The Listening Room in Wytheville
Posted: July 01, 2015

On Friday, July 10, The Listening Room at Ron Ireland Studio presents An Evening With Eric Congdon.

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Veteran officer dies at 65
Posted: July 01, 2015

Veteran law enforcement officer Sidney “Steve” Dixon of Marion died Thursday, June 25, at the Duke University Hospital Transplant Center in Durham, North Carolina. He was 65.

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Saltville's Carter shares memories of Buddy Landel's big heart and faith
Updated: July 01, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Tom Carter thinks a visit to the Saltville Wave Pool on June 20 by “The Nature Boy” Buddy Landel might have been preordained.

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