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Library fundraiser to feature artwork, condo stay, more

Tickets for “A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket” are on sale. A popular community event, this is the 12th anniversary of this fundraiser for the Washington County Public Library.

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Monday 03/30/2015
E&H students showcase artwork at Depot
Posted: March 30, 2015

Opening Thursday, April 1st in the Founder’s Special Exhibit Gallery:

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Puppet show planned for library
Posted: March 30, 2015

In addition to the usual story times Tuesday, March 31, at 10 a.m., and Wednesday, April 1, at 11 a.m., there is a special puppet show, Tuesday, March 31 at 11 a.m., at the Washington County Public Library, Abingdon.

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Sunday 03/29/2015
United Way of Southwest Virginia starts the long process of sorting claims and repairing the damage
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 9:26 am

Now that damage claims from the February snowstorms and resulting flooding have been submitted to United Way of Southwest Virginia, the long work begins to fix homes, said Executive Director Travis Staton.

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Saturday 03/28/2015
Fundraisers planned for 4-H
Posted: March 28, 2015

Robyn Raines, director of the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, said fees from camps, building rentals, and other youth and adult programs held at the 78-acre facility on Hillman Highway go a long way to support the facility.

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Arts Depot show features member works
Posted: March 28, 2015

The Arts Depot is currently exhibiting artwork created by four area artists in the Member’s Showcase Gallery.

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Friday 03/27/2015
E&H announces it will have its first marching band in fall since 1958
Posted: March 27, 2015

EMORY, Va. — Come football season, Nicewonder Field at Fred Selfe Stadium will rattle with the booms from not only cheering fans, but from the drums and beat of a new Emory & Henry College marching band.

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Washington County Sheriff's Office? There's an app for that
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 9:25 am

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office recently rolled out a free mobile app that  will allow the Sheriff's Office to send out information instantly and allow app users to quickly communicate with the office from the cell phone.

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Professors pen book on collards
Posted: March 27, 2015

Ed Davis and John Morgan, both professors at Emory & Henry College, are two people who might be said to love collards more than anyone else, for they have just co-authored the first book on the green, leafy vegetable.

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Washington County man accused of stealing tailgate
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 9:19 am

An Abingdon man is accused of stealing a tailgate off a Chevrolet pickup last Monday.

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Improv group coming to Barter
Posted: March 27, 2015

One weekend a month through May, audiences can see a show that’s guaranteed to be unlike any other — a new Barter Theatre performance group is set to host late night improvisational shows this spring.

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Kopp trades Washington County classroom for post as Smyth County 4-H agent
Posted: March 27, 2015

A farmer, educator and lifetime 4-H Club member, Lauren Kopp made a career change last week, a decision to follow her heart and childhood dreams.

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Allergy-free Easter egg hunt planned
Posted: March 27, 2015

The Washington County Public Library in Abingdon will hold a food allergy-friendly Easter egg hunt, Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m.

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Cage on Canvas: Nic Cage portrait painting workshop set for this weekend
Posted: March 27, 2015

Cage on Canvas: A Nicolas Cage Portrait Painting Workshop will be led by local artist Perry Johnson.

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Joe Tennis to sign copies of Virginia Rail Trails book at Whitetop festival
Posted: March 27, 2015

Forty-five trails are featured in author Joe Tennis’ newest book. He’s visited each one, learning about their current use and their history as rail beds. The author walked some, hiked others, biked a few, and even drove some of them. He has “seen them all,” and they stretch from the commonwealth’s east coast to its western tip.

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Ratliff named bank executive
Posted: March 27, 2015

Michael Ratliff has been named city executive for the Abingdon division of First Community Bank. Ratliff will be working at the Abingdon branch location. He received a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and was a member of the basketball team from 1996-2000.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
White: Spirit of Generosity Making ‘Magic’ at Emory & Henry
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 11:29 am

Emory & Henry cultivates a pervasive spirit of generosity, and those touched by it act on behalf of others without thought of reward or recognition, according to Delilah White, a 2005 E&H graduate who has dedicated her life’s work to generous acts and nurturing the generosity she finds in others.

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4-H director describes dream job
Posted: March 26, 2015

“When I sit and think about what my dream job would be, I realize this is it,” said Robyn Raines, who’s been director of the Southwest Virginia 4-H Education Center for the past two years.

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Take a tour of Morocco at Damascus library
Posted: March 26, 2015

Local artist Carole Blevins will take the audience on a tour of Morocco during a presentation at the Damascus branch library on Thursday.

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Whitetop to host maple festival
Posted: March 26, 2015

It's time to head back to Whitetop Mountain for a parade of pancakes seasoned with a sea of syrup.

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Home Instead Senior Care collecting donations for Easter baskets for Abingdon seniors
Posted: March 26, 2015

Home Instead's Abingdon office will deliver Easter care packages to Abingdon Manor residents March 30.

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Smyth, Washington teachers to benefit from grants
Posted: March 26, 2015

The grants allow colleges and universities to provide professional development to teachers in an effort to reduce achievement gaps in math and science

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Crooked Road concert to feature Independence music
Posted: March 25, 2015

The Crooked Road celebrates the traditional music of the communities of Southwest Virginia. Many of those communities have regular gatherings of musicians for jam sessions or concerts and each gathering is different from the next. These regional gatherings are presented once a month at Heartwood in Abingdon, Virginia, by The Crooked Road as part of their Venue Showcase series. The next Venue Showcase will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, and will feature the Historic 1908 Courthouse Old Time Music Jam from Independence.

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She-Swap sale starts today
Posted: March 25, 2015

The semi-annual She Swap Women’s Consignment Sale will be held Thursday, March 26, through Saturday, March 28, at Woodland Hills Christian Church, 16173 Elementary Drive, Abingdon. Doors are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, with select items being half-price all day on Saturday. The Spring/Summer event will have more than 170 consignors registered to sale their high-quality, gently used items for all women size 0 to plus, maternity and junior sizes.

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This Week in Civil War History: March 25-31, 1865
Posted: March 25, 2015

Having completed preparations for an assault on Fort Stedman, during the predawn hours of March 25, Major General John Brown Gordon waited for his attack to begin. Gordon assigned 50 of his soldiers to carry axes instead of rifles. These soldiers turned lumberjacks would lead the advance out of the Confederate lines, and clear an opening in the Southern abatis to allow the balance of the attacking force to begin their advance on Fort Stedman. Speed of maneuver reigned supreme in this particular mission, as Gordon planned to catch the garrison inside Stedman off-guard. Once the axmen approached the obstacles guarding Stedman, they would again swing away at the barriers, creating an opening for the onrushing infantry. The sound of the axes, which Gordon could hear from his post, suggested the early stages of the attack continued as he had planned.

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Washington County incumbents seeking re-election
Posted: March 25, 2015

ABINGDON, Va. — All of Washington County’s constitutional officers are seeking re-election, according to records at the Washington County Registrar’s office.

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BREATHING ROOM: Dealing with grief
Posted: March 25, 2015

At this point in my journey, grief is a familiar road. In my early 40s, and having been born and married into a huge family, celebrating life’s end and life lived well has been a regular landmark.

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Volunteers needed for litter patrol
Posted: March 25, 2015

Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter March 26 at a regional stream cleanup at North Fork River Road between Saltville and Emory. Hosted by Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, the cleanup will begin at 2 p.m. and end by 4:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the boat launch.

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Artist Carole Blevins to speak at Damascus Public Library
Posted: March 25, 2015

Local artist Carole Blevins will take the audience on a tour of Morocco during a presentation at the Damascus branch library, set for next week.

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Fight between brothers lands one in jail
Posted: March 25, 2015

Joseph Samuel Murray, 31, has been arrested and charged with malicious wounding.

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WCSA gets OK for special-exception permit to build wastewater plant
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 11:34 am

ABINGDON, Va. — The Washington County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Washington County Service Authority’s request for a special-exception permit, the first step needed in the process to build a new wastewater treatment plant along Bordwine Road.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Vehicles crash into homes in Bristol and Glade Spring
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 11:25 am

No serious injuries were reported in two separate incidents.

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Janisse Ray coming to library's 'Friends' series
Posted: March 24, 2015

The 2015 “Sunday with Friends” literary series in Abingdon, Virginia hosts Janisse Ray. The event is at 3 p.m., March 29 in the conference room of the Washington County Public Library. The annual series is sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Public Library and is free to the public.

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Janisse Ray to speak at Sunday with Friends March 29
Posted: March 24, 2015

Author Janisse Ray will speak at a "Sunday with Friends" event later this month.

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VHCC program has helped change lives of many students in foster care
Posted: March 24, 2015

The Great Expectations program at Virginia Highlands Community College has changed the lives of more that 85 students in the foster care system.

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UVa-Wise offering InDesign workshop
Posted: March 24, 2015

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Office of Economic Development is offering an Intermediate InDesign workshop on Wednesday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon.

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Late night laughs coming to the Barter
Posted: March 24, 2015

ABINGDON, Va. — One weekend a month through May, audiences can see a show that’s guaranteed to be unlike any other — a new Barter Theatre performance group is set to host late night improvisational shows this spring.

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Monday 03/23/2015
Tastes of Town tours set
Posted: March 23, 2015

Tastes of the Town Tours is back from the winter and set to host its monthly food tour in Abingdon, with a special focus on celebrating the food of Spring, on Tuesday, March 24. Participants will visit five stops for small tastes highlighting each establishment’s food and drink.

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Damascus Middle honors students who learn from others
Posted: March 23, 2015

Most successful people do not achieve their success without the assistance and/or encouragement of others. In fact, the willingness to learn from others is a character trait that contributes to lifelong achievement. Damascus Middle School recently recognized the following students for their choice to learn from others in their lives: Jesse Fritz, Alex Gibson, Alexis Hines, Samantha Johnson, Savannah McClellan, Skyler Mullins, Hunter Norris, Maggie Orfield, Dylan Richardson, Thomas Roark, Johnny Rouse, and Jacob Widener. These students consider certain people in their lives as mentors. One student says, “My dad [is my mentor] because he is always nice” and another student looks up to Ms. Doss because from Ms. Doss she has learned “to accept other things.”

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Daughter of AP photographer shares details of his long career
Posted: March 23, 2015

Diannah Pennington shared Harvey Georges' iconic photographs with a group of residents at the Hayters Gap library in Washington County on Saturday.

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BARTER REVIEW: The (un)holy trinity?
Posted: March 23, 2015

During the 80s, a very popular comedian had a stand-up routine that included his version of the biblical Genesis story. According to him, when God made a companion for Adam, he didn’t know what to call this person. But, the comedian went on to say, after God saw her body, God said “Woo-man!” It was funny. The routine didn’t delve into the role of women, particularly in the church, or voting rights for women, or even a woman’s identity in the family unit. He wanted to keep things light, and so he only touched on the humorous side of this creation story. And so it goes with Barter’s production of Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.

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Sunday 03/22/2015
Scholarship dream come true for Mendota man
Posted: March 22, 2015

For Mendota native Reece Fleenor, winning the College Dream Scholarship Contest in March 2014 was not only a dream come true but also one he never expected to become a reality.

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BREATHING ROOM: Let it go
Posted: March 22, 2015

In case you missed it, national “Get Over It Day” was last Monday, March 9. Way back in 2005, Jeff Goldblatt initiated the annual celebration to fall smack dab between Valentine’s and April Fools’ days. For his own purposes, he was trying to get over heartbreak and relationship loss. It seemed a good idea to accept his sorrow, to pay attention to the loss in the context of the greater world, and to release his grief with humor while also seeking to be more humble.

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Saturday 03/21/2015
Barter's 'Miracle' worker
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 1:54 pm

In a word, “Insanity!” That’s how Barter Theatre director Katy Brown answers, ‘Whatever possessed you to take on “The Miracle Worker” and “Hamlet” at the same time?’

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Yoga business aims to give back
Posted: March 21, 2015

When Julie Rutherford opened Whitetop Yoga a year ago this month, one of her goals was to give back to the community.

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BARTER REVIEW: Miraculous moment on stage
Posted: March 21, 2015

An illness in her infancy left Hellen Keller blind, and deaf, seemingly bereft of the traditional paths to learn or grow intellectually. She was also born into a family of means that saw fit, initially, to enable the child rather than to provide structure and discipline. Perhaps her family did this out of love, or perhaps the family simply wanted moments of peace among the chaos. Either way, it left young Helen struggling to communicate. And it is that struggle to communicate that’s highlighted in Barter’s production of The Miracle Worker.

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Friday 03/20/2015
Roundup nets 40 arrests on felony charges in Washington County, Va.
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 9:00 am

About 60 people were targeted for arrest Friday in Operation Spring Cleaning, authorities said.

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Ministry holding fundraiser
Posted: March 20, 2015

In 1959, a gentleman named Bill Simmer entered the jail in Fairfax County to minister to the spiritual needs of those incarcerated there. He became their first chaplain and founder of the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry. Today that organization has chaplains in 22 states and 22 foreign countries.

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Hayters Gap library to host presentation on AP photographer
Posted: March 20, 2015

The Hayters Gap branch library of the Washington County Public Library System hosts Diannah Pennington for a presentation about Associated Press photographer Harvey Georges.

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Mill focus of tonight's archaeological society meeting
Posted: March 20, 2015

A 19th-century mill in West Virginia will be the focus of the next meeting of the Wolf Hills Chapter of the Archeological Society of Virginia on March 20 at 7 p.m.

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