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Teen tech week March 8-14 at library

Teen Tech Week will celebrated from March 8 -14. Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the non-print resources and services that are available to teens and their families. This year’s theme is “Libraries Are For Making.” The week encourages teens to extend learning beyond the classroom.

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Thursday 03/05/2015
Book sale set through March 8
Posted: March 05, 2015

The Friends of the Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, plans to hold its March Madness book sale from Wednesday, March 4 through Sunday, March 8.

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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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Tennis speaking at Glade library
Posted: March 05, 2015

Rails and trails abound across the Commonwealth and every location has a story. In Joe Tennis’ newest book he shares those stories and more.

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Raises sought for Washington County, Va., school employees
Posted: March 05, 2015

The Washington County School Board and the county's Board of Supervisors met in a two-hour joint meeting Tuesday night.

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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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Council OKs release of funds for Barter roof repair
Posted: March 04, 2015

ABINGDON, Va. — Town Council voted Monday to take $10,000 that it set aside for a board retreat and use it, along with another $5,000 from the council contingency fund, to replace part of the Barter Theatre’s roof.

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Rare portrait up for auction in Damascus
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 11:20 am

A one-of-a-kind portrait of Elizabeth Patton Crockett, the widow of famed frontiersman Davy Crockett, is going up for auction in Damascus, Virginia, on Saturday, March 7.

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

Updated 9:15 p.m.

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ASD launches value added products under Appalachian Harvest brand
Updated: March 05, 2015 - 11:19 am

ABINGDON, VA,  – Local non-profit Appalachian Sustainable Development launches Appalachian Harvest brand value added products as an effort to create additional outlets for farmers.

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Crews begin tearing down old Avens Bridge in Washington County, Va.
Posted: March 04, 2015

Work begins in earnest this week to remove the old bridge across state Route 670, Avens Bridge.

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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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Simmelink work at Arts Depot
Posted: March 04, 2015

Opening on Wednesday, March 4 in the juried Spotlight Gallery is an exhibit by Ken Simmelink titled “Our Heritage, Past and Present”. There will be a meet-the-artist opening reception on Thursday evening, March 5, from 6-8 p.m.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Tennis to talk about book at Glade library
Posted: March 03, 2015

Washington County author Joe Tennis is speaking about his recently released book, "Virginia Rail Trails: Crossing the Commonwealth," on Thursday, March 5, 6 p.m., at the Glade Spring Branch of the Washington County Public Library, 205 North Glade Street.

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Talent show auditions set for March 11
Posted: March 03, 2015

The first of three auditions for Niswonger Children’s Hospital’s annual Broadway-style benefit concert has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 4. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., in Mathes Music Hall, Room 107. This audition was postponed from Feb. 18 due to inclement weather.

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Local 4-H members honored
Posted: March 03, 2015

Chloe Sutherland, daughter of Les and Vanessa Sutherland of Abingdon, Luke Icenhour, son of Tim and Joyce Icenhour of Bristol, and Michaela Hankins, daughter of Edward and Rebekah Hankins of Castlewood, have been awarded the national I Dare You Leadership Award in recognition of personal integrity, balanced living and potential for leadership. The honor was presented by Crystal Peek, Washington County 4-H Extension Agent during the annual 4-H Achievement Night awards ceremony held at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center on Jan. 24.

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Monday 03/02/2015
Library schedules March Madness sale
Posted: March 02, 2015

The Friends of the Washington County Public Library will hold its March Madness book sale from March 4-8.

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Relay For Life looking for team captains, members
Posted: March 02, 2015

Relay For Life is looking for team captains and team members for its annual May 9 fundraiser.

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Student, teacher works at Arts Depot
Posted: March 02, 2015

March is nationally recognized as Youth Art Month. Each year the Arts Depot in Abingdon features works from budding young artists from the one or more of the schools in Washington County.

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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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Food City postpones growers luncheon
Posted: March 02, 2015

Food City will host its annual Growers Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, March 6 at its Corporate Support Center, located at 1 Food City Circle (GPS address – 351 Court Street) in Abingdon.

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Sunday 03/01/2015
'Low Down' showing at Arts Array
Posted: March 01, 2015

The Arts Array Film Series presented by Virginia Highlands Community College is in its 44th year. All films are presented at the Abingdon Cinemall on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and again at 7:30 pm.

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BREATHING ROOM: Giving up
Posted: March 01, 2015

Last week marked the beginning of Lent. A season of repentance and self-denial aimed at connecting a follower of Christ with the sufferings and sacrifice of Jesus, Lent spans forty days, not including Sundays. Lent’s starting point fell last Wednesday in the midst of snow, ice, and frigid temperatures. Recall folk walking around with a little smudge of black in the shape of a cross on their foreheads? Chances are this was a rare sight last week due to wintry weather and poor road conditions. Congregations across the southeast were forced to cancel or postpone the annual observance in which believers "remember, from dust were you made and to dust you shall return."

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Southern States raising funds for FFA
Posted: March 01, 2015

The cashier at Southern States might ask you to part with an extra dollar in March. But don’t worry. It’s not inflation on the rise. It’s for a good cause.

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Saturday 02/28/2015
Free pet adoption through March
Posted: February 28, 2015

The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s C.C. Porter Animal Shelter will offer free adoptions for all animals adopted from March 2 – 31.

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Social media workshop planned for March 18
Posted: February 28, 2015

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Office of Economic Development is offering a Social Media Marketing workshop on Wednesday, March 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, 1 Partnership Circle, Abingdon.

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I MADE IT UP: The snow laser
Posted: February 28, 2015

Boston was the first city to try it. With snow piled 20 feet high, they had to do something.

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Wytheville minister makes wooden treasures
Posted: February 28, 2015

Watch your woodpile. There may be treasure lurking among the logs and not the traditional kind that comes from sunken Spanish galleons or long-buried pirate’s chests, but the natural, artistic gold that makes one Wythe County woodworker light up like a newly minted millionaire.

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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
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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State police identify victim of Thursday accident
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 4:04 pm

The Virginia State Police have identified the victim of Thursday night's fatal traffic accident in Washington County.

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Gwynne discussing books at Sunday with Friends program
Posted: February 27, 2015

The annual Sunday with Friends literary series of the Washington County Public Library continues with a special lecture by Sam Gwynne, the author of “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson.” Gwynne appears on Barter Theatre’s Main Stage at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 1.

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Sam Gwynne to visit Abingdon next month
Posted: February 27, 2015

Author Sam Gwynne will be the featured speaker at a March Sunday with Friends event.

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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
Pedestrian killed on Lee Highway in Meadowview
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 10:21 am

Cause under investigation, according to Virginia State Police

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Coeburn man indicted in Bristol, Virginia, in abduction case
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 10:19 am

A Wise County man accused of abducting a woman at gunpoint has been indicted in Bristol.

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Glade sets sights on indoor farmers market
Posted: February 26, 2015

A new renovation project in Glade Spring will take root this spring, eventually offering farmers market vendors an indoor facility to sell their produce and residents a place to hold community events.

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Glade Spring man charged in 2014 thefts
Posted: February 26, 2015

A Glade Spring man is facing eight charges related to thefts from a year ago.

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'Miracle Worker' begins at Barter
Posted: February 26, 2015

“The Miracle Worker,” the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, will begin showing on the Barter Theatre stage on Feb. 26.

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Johnston Memorial Hospital to host Business Health Luncheon on March 13
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 10:20 am

In this open forum, discussion will focus on the needs of the industrial community and how Johnston Memorial can become an effective partner in meeting those needs.

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Starting seeds program offered at library
Posted: February 26, 2015

The Washington County Seed Savers Library continues its new season of programming with “Starting Seeds Indoors,” Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., at the main library in Abingdon.

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E&H staging 'Kindertransport'
Posted: February 26, 2015

An Emory & Henry College Theatre Department production that examines a program to remove Jewish children to safety during the Holocaust will be staged through March 1 at the college.

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Wednesday 02/25/2015
Ordinances to amend fees in Washington County code stall
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 8:35 am

Three ordinances to amend fees in the county code — including increasing the transient occupancy tax — were either tabled or sent back to committees Wednesday night at the Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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BCM, King museums to host Second Sunday concert series
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 8:36 am

The first concert will be held next month at William King and feature Malcolm Holcombe.

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Missing Abingdon man's body found in the snow; no signs of foul play
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 8:35 am

The body of a missing man was found Wednesday, buried in several inches of snow along a busy Abingdon thoroughfare.

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Tennessee man accused of stealing truck caught in Washington County, Va
Posted: February 25, 2015

A Tennessee man accused of stealing a pickup in Bristol, Tennessee, is facing a felony charge Wednesday after being picked up by Washington County deputies.

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Shamrock 4 Miler coming up March 13
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 12:55 pm

The annual Shamrock 4 Miler and Leprechaun Walk benefiting Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation is set for Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. The start and finish line will be located in the heart of downtown at the Abingdon Farmers’ Market on Remsburg Drive.

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EXTENSION ANSWERS: National peanut month
Posted: February 25, 2015

It is estimated that the average American consumes approximately six pounds of peanuts and or peanut products each year. Since March is National Peanut Month it’s time we celebrate this popular legume! Peanuts are technically legumes, not a nut like their name leads you to believe. There are four kinds of peanuts grown in the United States. These include Runner, Virginia, Spanish and Valencia; the majority of these peanuts are grown in the southeastern United States. According to the National Peanut Board Organization peanuts contribute more than four billion dollars to the American economy each year.

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Icy cream: Dairy family doesn't get a snow day
Posted: February 25, 2015

Frigid February temperatures are a nuisance for most of us, but for farmers, winter weather can make daily chores a challenge.

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This Week in Civil War History: February 25 – March 3, 1865
Posted: February 25, 2015

“Sherman went in at Atlanta and came out right. He has gone in again at Savannah, and I propose three cheers for his coming out gloriously.” President Abraham Lincoln offered these words to a crowd, which had gathered in Washington City. Major General William T. Sherman continued to work to honor the president’s confidence, as his forces moved ever closer to North Carolina. Behind them, large parts of Columbia, South Carolina, lay in ashes, as the Federal troops navigated the marshy areas across the Palmetto State.

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