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Marion's fire, ems agencies merge

After about eight months work to bring it to fruition at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, March 1, the Marion Volunteer Fire Department and the Marion Life Saving Crew merged into a single department – Marion Fire-EMS -- under the umbrella of the town of Marion.

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Thursday 03/05/2015
Morefield appointed to Tobacco Commission
Posted: March 05, 2015

Delegate Will Morefield, R-North Tazewell, has been confirmed as a member of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Abingdon museum exhibit honors Smyth County artist, writer
Posted: March 04, 2015

Among Smyth County residents, memories of Lucy Herndon Crockett often focus on the gun she always toted and the disturbing behavior of her later years. However, an exhibit set to open Thursday in an Abingdon museum celebrates her talents and successes as a writer and artist.

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Cap and gown maker expanding into Grayson
Posted: March 04, 2015

Oak Hall Caps & Gowns with plants in Wytheville and Chilhowie is opening an operation in Independence.

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Tazewell flood warning extended
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Updated 9:15 p.m.

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Emory & Henry gets commission's nod for Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Marion
Posted: March 04, 2015

The Emory & Henry College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Marion has been granted candidacy status, clearing the college to admit students for the program and begin classes in August.

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Winter weather alerts issued
Updated: March 04, 2015 - 11:43 am

What a difference a day makes. Today’s high temperature is expected to be in the 60 degree range before a cold front rushes in overnight, bringing with it freezing temperatures and 1-3 inches of snow.

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Neil is among the pets available at the Smyth County Animal Shelter
Posted: March 04, 2015

“Neil,” the Pet of the Week, is a perfect gentleman. He’s a 3-year-old neutered male tabby who just wants to be your best friend. He must be adopted by March 10.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Therapy dog in training provides comfort at Marion clinic
Posted: March 03, 2015

The presence of a friendly domestic animal, especially a dog, has been known to bring calm and comfort to people in stressful situations.

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String of Pearls: The Chilvalee, a Bible turned scrapbook and other history texts
Posted: March 03, 2015

“History is a fascinating thing because it is living. Each day is but another page in the history of the world. Each minute sees new history written. The progress of man sweeps along, impeded by war and depressions, but the onward march is ever apparent.”

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Help prune trees, improve fish habitat at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion
Posted: March 03, 2015

Come out to Hungry Mother State Park and see what trees and fish have in common.

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Monday 03/02/2015
Smyth County Opportunity Fair seeks exhibitors, sponsors
Posted: March 02, 2015

If you’re looking for an opportunity in employment, education, starting a business or even volunteering, you’ll want to attend the Smyth County Opportunity Fair coming in April.

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Extension Answers: Wind energy workshop comes to Abingdon
Posted: March 02, 2015

March has traditionally been a great month for kite flying. As a young man, I was fascinated with flight and the way the wind shapes and can be shaped. More and more, wind is being harnessed for the energy it possesses and Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a workshop for interested persons to learn more about how we can personally capture this natural resource.

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Smyth County to kick off March for Babies
Posted: March 02, 2015

The month of March is filled with lots of activities as winter begins to give way to spring. From the start of Daylight Savings Time to St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring, there’s always something going on, but the month is also known for a nearly 80-year-old tradition.

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Sunday 03/01/2015
FM94 WMEV in Marion among stations to air children's hospital radiothon
Posted: March 01, 2015

The Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon is coming up March 2-3, and provides a time to support the region’s only children’s hospital. The money will benefit the hospital through the Mountain States Foundation to help bring the highest quality and most innovative medical care to the children of this region.

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Smyth County sets PreK and kindergarten registration
Posted: March 01, 2015

Formal registration from Smyth County School’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs will be held at each of the county’s elementary schools on Thursday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Friday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
Smyth County Hospital gala raises $34,000 for programs
Posted: February 28, 2015

A snowy night did not dampen the spirits of more than 200 guests attending the Valentine Gala at Holston Hills Community Golf Course on Feb. 14, sponsored by the Smyth County Hospital HealthTrust.

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Frederick, Underwood to take part in Emory & Henry recital
Posted: February 28, 2015

A faculty recital by Dr. Matthew Frederick on trumpet and Bryan Underwood on piano will offer a little something for everyone at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in Memorial Chapel on the Emory & Henry College campus.

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Friday 02/27/2015
Marion restaurant brings home People's Choice award from soup cook-off
Posted: February 27, 2015

A Marion restaurant’s soup took the top nod from folks attending a recent culinary event in Abingdon.

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E&H professor up for Rising Star award
Posted: February 27, 2015

A theater professor has joined a long and growing list of Emory & Henry faculty awarded for excellence.

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Appalachian Sustainable Development get Grow Your Own funds
Posted: February 27, 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, Appalachian Sustainable Development received funding from Grow Appalachia.

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Thursday 02/26/2015
Community meeting set as part of efforts to bring a RAM clinic to Smyth County
Posted: February 26, 2015

A program that attracts thousands of patients for free medical, dental and eye care, and veterinary care for pets, could be coming to Smyth County in 2016.

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African children's choir to perform in Marion
Posted: February 26, 2015

The Watoto Children’s Choir traveling from Africa kicked off its four-month U.S tour in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in early December and now continue their tour through the southeast through March, including a visit to Marion.

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Ceres youth peform on Tennessee stage
Posted: February 26, 2015

After two years of practicing and one year of waiting, youths from the Ceres Circuit of the Holston Conference, United Methodist Church, finally took the stage at Resurrection 2015.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Marion man works with Earth monitoring system collecting data for weather forecasting
Posted: February 25, 2015

A Marion man is working with a company that strives to predict far in advance up-to-the-minute forecasts of just the kind of weather the East Coast has been experiencing over the past month.

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Bucky is among the pets up for adoption at the Smyth County Animal Clinic
Posted: February 25, 2015

“Bucky,” the Pet of the Week, is a very playful 1-year-old male Redbone Hound mix. He would love to have someone to play fetch with. He’s a very handsome young man! He must be adopted by March 3.

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Marion church hosts special Lenten series on prayer
Posted: February 25, 2015

On Wednesdays during Lent, Christ Episcopal Church will host a series of evening services and special programs.  his year's topic will be "Prayer," and programs will be presented by a wide variety of speakers.

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Snow, ice continue to pound Smyth County
Posted: February 25, 2015

With about a foot and a half of snow since Valentine’s Day, Smyth County falls somewhere in the middle of this region’s accumulation that ranges from about five inches in some areas to over two feet in Wise County.

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Tuesday 02/24/2015
Marion police seek information on pharmacy break-in
Posted: February 24, 2015

On Monday, Feb. 23, at 5:56 a.m., the Marion Police Department responded to Marion Family Pharmacy in the Marion Plaza Shopping Center on the 1500 block of North Main Street in reference to a possible break-in. 

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Merger of Marion's fire, rescue squad now official
Posted: February 24, 2015

The deed was recorded Wednesday for Marion to assume the lifesaving crew property to operate the service as a department of the town.

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Marion police investigating pharmacy break-in
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Police are seeking information about a possible break-in at a Marion pharmacy.

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Great Winter Soup Cook-Off award winners announced
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 12:51 pm

A total of 38 participants competed in the 2nd Annual Great Winter Soup Cook-Off held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center on Saturday, February 7. The event proved to be successful as guests and participants mingled and tasted many different homemade soups prepared by businesses and individuals. A panel of culinary experts rated the soups in a blind tasting based on texture (consistency), taste, aroma, and appearance. The judges for the professional Category were Elizabeth Brown, Donna McIntyre, Sheridan Nice, Peyton Boyd, Niki Weir. The Judges for the amateur and youth categories were: Shaun Crookshank, Janet Woolwine and Jassen Campbell. During the awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m., winners and runners-up were announced and presented with awards.

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Marion recognizes 150th anniversary of church founded by former slave
Posted: February 24, 2015

Members of First Baptist Church were recognized at Tuesday’s meeting of the Marion Town Council for the church’s 150th anniversary.

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Record-breaking hiker coming to Abingdon
Posted: February 24, 2015

Jennifer Pharr Davis, a world-renowned hiker who has broken long-established speed records and learned important life lessons while hiking the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail, will share stories from the trail during two presentations on March 31 in Abingdon. She will speak at 2 p.m. at Virginia Highlands Community College and again that evening at 6 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway. Both talks are free and open to the public.

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Marion's Lincoln Theatre to host evening of opera, song
Posted: February 24, 2015

The Lincoln Theatre will present an evening of opera and song performed by Rachel Milligan, mezzo soprano, and Gabe Helton, baritone, on Saturday, Feb. 28. The concert will include arias, duets and songs from classical operas and musicals. This performance will be accompanied by Bryan Underwood on the piano.

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Monday 02/23/2015
Liz wins Westminster prizes, Smyth County hearts
Posted: February 23, 2015

Local folks watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on television earlier this week got quite a surprise when the winner of the Sporting Group category was announced as Liz, a 3-year-old English Springer spaniel from Marion.

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VSP changes opening day of campgrounds at most parks to March 6
Posted: February 23, 2015

In the past, parks opened March 1

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Smyth County jobless rate declines slightly
Posted: February 23, 2015

Unemployment dropped slightly in Smyth County in December to 6.7 percent from 6.8 percent in November, reaching its lowest point of 2014.

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Sunday 02/22/2015
Saltville to host Civil War battlefield preservation workshop
Posted: February 22, 2015

Anyone with an interest in preserving Civil War battlefields or learning about what resources are available for preservation purposes is encouraged to attend a workshop in Saltville next weekend.

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Extension Answers: Time for spring lawn planning
Posted: February 22, 2015

As I write this, the snow is falling keenly so thinking about spring lawns may seem to be a bit too forward thinking. I consider thoughts of spring to be therapeutic and with the days obviously getting longer, planning for spring is a good idea.

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Pageant planned for Patrick Henry High School
Posted: February 22, 2015

The inaugural Queen of Diamonds Pageants will be held at Patrick Henry High School on March 14. Age groups include 0-12 months-16 and up. Entry fee is $20 per contestant. For more information contact Tami Counts at tcounts@wcs.k12.va.us or 276-623-3240. Contestants can preregister or register the day of the pageant, forms can be found on the Glade Spring Middle School homepage.

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Smyth County Community Hospital recognized again for patient care, safety
Posted: February 22, 2015

Smyth County Community Hospital has received another major honor for providing safe, quality care to its patients.

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Saturday 02/21/2015
Removal of Marion dam, Chilhowie bridge moved to March
Posted: February 21, 2015

The planned removal of the dam and former ice plant structure on the Holston River in Marion and a low-water bridge in Chilhowie has been postponed until mid-March.

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Friday 02/20/2015
Marion's Wedding Showcase postponed until March 14
Posted: February 20, 2015

Due to the inclement weather forecast for today, Feb. 21, Marion Downtown’s 2015 Wedding Showcase has been postponed to Saturday, March 14, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the General Francis Marion Hotel and Conference Center.

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Marion's Hungry Mother State Park to host session on updates for its master plan
Posted: February 20, 2015

Next month the public is invited to attend a meeting at Hemlock Haven in Hungry Mother State Park to hear a five-year update of the park’s master plan.

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Spring train excursion chugs through picturesque mountains
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 3:31 pm

The Watauga Valley Railroad Historical Society & Museum announces its Spring 2015 Rail Excursion through the scenic Hiwassee River Gorge in East Tennessee on April 11.

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Marion Senior High FBLA students develop Scarlet Hurricanes Clothes Closet
Posted: February 20, 2015

Members of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Marion Senior High School chose a cooperative corporation to research and develop their own business called Scarlet Hurricane Clothes Closet.

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Thursday 02/19/2015
Smyth County explores electronic statements to ease water user's concern
Posted: February 19, 2015

A county water system user’s frustration about a missed bill is prompting officials to consider using email as a backup to prevent similar problems in the future.

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HUD gives out more than $30M in grants
Posted: February 19, 2015

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that Virginia housing authorities have received more than $30.4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Capital Fund Program. The funds will allow local public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize public housing in Virginia by making large-scale improvements, such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems, or to pay down debt.

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Farm safety net programs deadlines loom
Posted: February 19, 2015

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency J. Calvin Parrish reminds producers of upcoming important deadlines for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, and the final day for farm owners and producers to choose coverage is March 31.

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