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Marion workshop offers marketing, business help for artisans

‘Round The Mountain, (RTM) Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network and The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Art will present a free workshop developed to help artisans enhance their marketing and business techniques. It’s set for Thursday, April 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Marion Town Hall.

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Sunday 04/19/2015
Help name campgrounds at Hungry Mother State Park
Posted: April 19, 2015

Hungry Mother State Park is re-naming Campgrounds B and C this year and you can help by submitting ideas for names.

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Saturday 04/18/2015
Volunteer opportunities abound among Marion's department's
Posted: April 18, 2015

From community events to recreation opportunities to classes at the Henderson School of Appalachian Arts, the number and variety of programs being offered by the town of Marion are growing. Town officials hope citizens would like to help with these opportunities and more.

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Volunteers are key to giving away 4 million lbs. of food in Smyth County
Posted: April 18, 2015

Smiles on the faces of volunteers at the Atkins First Church of God Food Pantry reveal the joy these folks feel in serving their community. Even on a rainy day earlier this month they showed up to distribute food to the hundreds of local residents who come to receive it.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Marion, VFW prepare for Smyth County's Memorial Day observance
Posted: April 17, 2015

Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who have defended this nation through military service and were killed in combat or have since passed on. It is also a time to honor all veterans and thank them for their service.

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Changes coming to Smyth County's 2015 Relay for Life
Posted: April 17, 2015

Relay is on the way in Smyth. Lace up your walking shoes, grab your wallet and join the host of supporters for the annual event that focuses on cancer awareness and finding a cure.

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Wytheville Community College welcomes mountain music
Posted: April 17, 2015

Wytheville Community College is sponsoring its free monthly Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree, this time featuring Crusher Run and the Zephyr Lightning Bolts on Saturday, April 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Saltville's Bordwine named Virginia Honors Scholar of the Year
Posted: April 17, 2015

The 15-minute ride from her Saltville home to the Honors Program interview at Emory & Henry College felt like it lasted an hour. Katie Beth Bordwine had never been so nervous.

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Ceres Day set for May 2
Posted: April 17, 2015

Ceres Day will be held Saturday, May 2, on the former school grounds. This event grows every year with more events and much more to see and to learn. The first one was in one room of the school and has expanded to include the entire campus and all the buildings.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Chilhowie 7-year-old operates lemonade stand to benefit Smyth's Relay For Life
Posted: April 16, 2015

The hope for curing cancer, and the efforts made toward achieving that hope, come from people of all ages, including one special young lady who just wants to help others.

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Saltville to host community food drive
Posted: April 16, 2015

A Spring Fling Gala Food Distribution especially honoring senior citizens is set to take place Saturday morning in Saltville.

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Marion Senior High forensics students share talents with Rotary Club
Posted: April 16, 2015

On March 31, three students from the Marion Senior High School Forensics Team presented their state-award winning presentations to the Rotary Club of Marion.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Appalachian Spirits draws visitors to Marion for taste of moonshine, whisky
Posted: April 15, 2015

Scott Schumaker was tasting the success of his moonshine and whisky as he broached the Marion Town Council with an idea earlier this week. His opening words were a declaration that rung with gratitude: “It’s working. It’s finally working.”

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Wytheville Community College presidential hopefuls spend time on campus
Posted: April 15, 2015

Officials hope to announce a new president for Wytheville Community College in the coming weeks.

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Smyth County students tapped for All-County Honor Band
Posted: April 15, 2015

On Friday, March 27, Chilhowie High School hosted the third annual Smyth County All-County Honor Band Event. Approximately 160 students from Smyth County middle and high schools spent the day rehearsing new music and then performed a concert for their family, friends and community members.

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Angus group sets sale
Posted: April 15, 2015

The Southwest Virginia Angus Association held its annual meeting March 28 at the Riverfront Café in Chilhowie.

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Snowflake is among the dogs and cats at Smyth County's animal shelter
Posted: April 15, 2015

“Snowflake,” the Pet of the Week, is an adorable gal. She is a 3-year-old female Aussie Shepherd mix who is playful and friendly. Unfortunately, she likes to chase chickens, so a fowl-free home is all she needs! She must be adopted by April 21.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Marion adopts ordinance to regulate pawnbrokers
Posted: April 14, 2015

In a move designed to protect citizens and merchants, the town of Marion adopted an ordinance last week governing the buying and selling of secondhand items by pawnbrokers and other businesses.

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Water testing clinic coming April 22
Posted: April 14, 2015

Do you know what's in your water?

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String of Pearls: Coming to know the dynamic woman that was Lucy Herndon Crockett
Posted: April 14, 2015

“Lucy Herndon Crockett died July 30, 2002. There was no public announcement of her death or a memorial service. Her family and friends were not able to say goodbye.” So begins the obituary for Lucy Crockett that appeared in the Smyth County News almost one year following her death, July 16, 2003.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Chilhowie prepares for opening of farmers market
Posted: April 13, 2015

As the Chilhowie Farmer’s Market prepares to open Thursday for the season, Chilhowie Town Council members discussed and approved recommendations from the vendors.

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Winners named in Marion VFW Ladies Auxiliary Patriotic Art Contest
Posted: April 13, 2015

Four students from Marion Senior High School have been named winners in the annual Francis Marion VFW Post 4667 Ladies Auxiliary Patriotic Art Contest.

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Extension Answers: Selecting a shade tree for your landscape
Posted: April 13, 2015

 Trees are the basic element for any landscape plan. They set the stage for the entire home grounds design. The type used and their location determine to a great extent what other plantings are appropriate.

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Sunday 04/12/2015
Private water testing to be offered in Smyth County
Posted: April 12, 2015

Do you know what's in your water? The Virginia Household Water Quality Program is hosting drinking water clinics in 44 counties around the commonwealth this year, including Smyth County.

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Barter Theatre brings The Road to Appomattox to Marion's Lincoln Theatre
Posted: April 12, 2015

The Lincoln Theatre is hosting a night for Educator Appreciation at the theater, offering a special discount for working or retired educators.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Chilhowie considers options for repairing water treatment plant
Posted: April 11, 2015

For the past month the town of Chilhowie has been obtaining its needed 1.1 million gallons per day of potable water from the Washington County Service Authority with which it jointly owns and operates the Mill Creek Water Treatment Plant. Discussions continue about how to remedy the situation that rendered the plant inoperable in early March.

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200+ take part in Fish On! event in Marion
Posted: April 11, 2015

Well before the 9 a.m. start time for the third annual Fish On! event in Marion, fishing enthusiasts lined the banks of the Middle Fork of the Holston River from Riverbend Park to the bridge at the Holston Hills Community Golf Course waiting for their first catch of the day. 

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Friday 04/10/2015
Oak Point Elementary students launch balloons for March for Babies
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 7:22 pm

Students who had collected donations for the March of Dimes’ 2015 Smyth County March for Babies brought purple, white and blue balloons to the gym at Oak Point Elementary School Thursday afternoon for a ceremonial release.

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Smyth County chamber seeks volunteers for well fields clean up project
Posted: April 10, 2015

The problem of litter in Smyth County is never more noticeable than in the spring when the melted snow reveals trash and debris. April is therefore a perfect month for cleaning up.

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Thursday 04/09/2015
RAM clinic coming to Smyth County in 2016
Posted: April 09, 2015

The dates are set. A Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic will be held near the Smyth-Wythe county line next spring. As talk about the possibility of such an event has progressed, the projected number of those who are expected to stand in line for the free medical, dental and eye care has escalated. Organizers anticipate about 2,000 people will seek care.

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Marion's Kiwanis Club and Key Club work to make kids safer
Posted: April 09, 2015

The Safe Kids City project, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Marion, is a school-wide event for the Smyth County elementary school system to help young children learn safe practices at home, in school, on the bus and in the greater community.

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First Marion art walk of '15 focuses on Lucy Herndon Crockett
Posted: April 09, 2015

Appalachian Spirit Gallery, 144 W. Main Street in Marion, will host a grand reopening artist reception on Friday, April 10, between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. for the Second Friday ArtWalk in Marion.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Marion senior center loses Thursday meals
Posted: April 08, 2015

The Thursday meal at Marion’s senior center has been lost for the time being.

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Bonnie is just one of the pets at the Smyth County Animal Shelter up for adoption
Posted: April 08, 2015

“Bonnie” is the Pet of the Week. She is a sweet little female Terrier/Dachshund mix. She loves to give gentle little kisses! She must be adopted by April 14.

Other animals available for adoption at Smyth County Animal Shelter:

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Children go on the hunt for Easter eggs in Saltville
Posted: April 08, 2015

Saltville Ministerial Association sponsored a community Easter egg hunt Saturday morning.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
Marion's Summit Center to receive Appalachian Regional Commission grant
Posted: April 07, 2015

The Summit Center for Higher Education that would create a satellite college for Smyth County residents got a boost Monday when news came that it would receive $68,304 from Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funds.

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Monday 04/06/2015
CPV plant, Rich Valley Fair plans get joint review by Smyth officials
Posted: April 06, 2015

Last week, county planning commissioners signed off on a resolution stating that Competitive Power Ventures Inc. has thus far complied with all permitting and other legally required steps to build an electric-generating plant in Atkins. The commissioners recommended the board of supervisors adopt the resolution.

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Delegates plan to seek to override governor’s veto
Posted: April 06, 2015

Delegate Jeff Campbell, R-6, is not happy with the governor’s veto of a bill last week that would have ended voter confusion in a split precinct.

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Smyth-Bland library friends to host curator to speak about Lucy Herndon Crockett
Posted: April 06, 2015

Marion Friends of Smyth-Bland Regional Library are presenting an evening program focused on the life of a Smyth County woman and a current William King Museum exhibition about her, The Proud and the Profane: The Colorful Life, Literature, and Illustrations of Lucy Herndon Crockett.

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Sunday 04/05/2015
Marion captures state title in forensics
Posted: April 05, 2015

Marion Senior High School forensics students won several awards, including a championship, at the Virginia High School League State Forensics Competition last month.

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Saturday 04/04/2015
Mental health, drug addiction targets of Wellmont/MSHA merger
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 10:52 am

Part of a proposed merged health system’s goals going forward is to provide more access for mental health and drug-addicted patients, the leaders of the region’s largest two health care systems said last week.

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Smyth board plans to hold line on spending, opts for categorical funding for schools
Posted: April 04, 2015

With no significant growth in revenues anticipated, county supervisors took action last week that indicates they plan to continue to firmly hold the line on spending and again balance the 2015-16 budget without tapping into outside sources.

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Washington County native takes job with AG's office
Posted: April 04, 2015

Amy Duncan knows Southwest Virginia as only a native can. She grew up in Abingdon. Her family now lives in Glade Spring. She earned her bachelor’s degree from King College and her master’s from Emory & Henry. Now, she and her husband are raising their two children in the region.

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judge doubles the sentence of Atkins man
Posted: April 04, 2015

This is a case heard in Smyth County Circuit Court this month as reported by Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy Evans.

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Brass 5, Barter Players, Barter on Tour coming to Marion's Lincoln Theatre
Posted: April 04, 2015

The Lincoln Theatre’s spring season of programming is under way with a diverse range of performances that are filling the schedule and the seats. The season began in January with a performance featuring the talents of local students in the second Smyth County One Act Play Showcase, and new traditions will continue with the return of the popular fundraiser event Dancing with the Stars: Smyth County on April 25.

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Friday 04/03/2015
Crisis Center trains staff at jail on how to help sexual assault victims
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 10:51 am

Corrections officers and administrators were trained this week on how to assist sexual assault victims incarcerated at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail.

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Thweatt’s Hardware reports truck stolen
Posted: April 03, 2015

Smyth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a breaking and entering and auto theft at Thweatt’s Hardware on Atkins Tank Road in Atkins.

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Marion council seeks November special election to fill open seat
Posted: April 03, 2015

The seat on the Marion Town Council held by the late Jim Owens will be filled during the Nov. 3 election.

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Atkins church bears cross on Good Friday walk
Posted: April 03, 2015

Around the world on Good Friday, many of the faithful mark the day with a brief journey carrying a cross, as Jesus did on the way to his execution.

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Kiwanis Club of Marion donates $7,000 to replace Little Hurricane Field fence
Posted: April 03, 2015

The Kiwanis Club of Marion recently provided $7,000 to replace the fence at the Little Hurricane Field in Marion.

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