A Tazewell County tradition is apparently coming to an end.
Supervisor Mike Hymes said at the Feb. 5 board meeting that the Tazewell County Fair will not have a demolition derby this summer. Hymes said Donnie Yates, chairman of the fair board had written him a letter requesting the board help fund a rodeo to replace the derby as the fair’s main attraction.
Hymes said the letter indicated the derby was canceled because of a shortage of cars. The derby has been a part of the fair since its beginning and drew overflow crowds each year.
Several years ago the fair association added a second derby to its lineup. That was a figure 8 derby which was held on Friday night prior to the derby for large cars on Saturday nights. The supervisors approved $250 from each of their district funds to assist in paying for the rodeo.
[In other action the board:]
*Approved $500 in coyote bounty claims.
*Approved $69,460.48 in transfers from the contingency and grants account to the sheriff’s accounts.
*Transferred $5,000 from the building and grounds account to the sheriff’s office for improvements to the building.
*Transferred $1.296 from contingency and grants to the tourism account.
*Approved $200 from the southern district funds to sheriff’s office for neighborhood watch in the Cove.
*Approved $500 from southern district funds for membership in the Virginia Coal and energy Alliance.
*Heard a presentation from Davenport and Associates about county finances.
*Heard a presentation from Southland Energy.
*Met in closed session to discuss the property acquisition, personnel, legal consultation and contracts with no action taken.
*Presented a resolution of appreciation to the family of Beth Grindstaff.
*Presented a resolution of appreciation to the Shott Foundation.
*Approved a resolution of support for the addition of streets in Deerfield Subdivision to the state system.
*Approved a resolution of support for naming the route 102 Bridge in honor of Tom Childress.
*Declared February Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.
*Appointed Cathy McClanahan to the Cumberland Mountain Community Services Board.
*Appointed Mike Hoops to the Cumberland Mountain Community Services Board.
*Re-appointed Beth Quesenberry to the library board of trustees.
*Approved support for a grant for the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing.
*Approved an abatement of $98.60 for overpayment of taxes.
*Approved $13,814.80 for the treasurer’s office for postage.
*Approved the county’s updated emergency operations plan.
*Approved $1,000, ($500, southern and $500 northern), district funds for THS project graduation.
*Approved $1,500, ($1,000 eastern and $500 northern) for GHSD project graduation.
*Approved $1,000, ($500 western, $500 northwestern) district funds for RHS project graduation.
*Approved $1,000, ($500 western, $500 northwestern) district funds for the RHS DECA.
*Adjourned until March 5 at flour p.m.