SWVAToday.com is the home site for a collection of weekly newspapers across Southwest Virginia. Updated daily, the website showcases the news and happenings from Bland, Floyd, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wythe counties. The website and papers are owned by BH Media.
Bland County Messenger
Established in 1904, the Bland County Messenger serves a rural population of 6,800 people in the rural and mountainous Bland County. The 1,305-circulation newspaper is published every Wednesday in Wytheville, Va.
The original Messenger newspaper ceased to publish in 1919, when the competing Tribune was launched. The Messenger was revived in 1922, the year the Tribune stopped publishing.
In 1958, the Messenger was leased by the Southwest Virginia Enterprise in Wytheville, a partnership that extends to this day, with the Enterprise staff running the Messenger.
Clinch Valley News
Published in the coal mining country of Tazewell County, the Clinch Valley News was founded in 1847.
It’s the oldest continuously published paper in the Southwest Virginia weekly newspaper group, owned since 2012 by BH Media, a part of Berkshire Hathaway.
In recent years, the 1,567-circulation Clinch Valley News has been published Wednesdays from Richlands, Va., with the Richlands News-Press. The Clinch Valley News serves the town of Tazewell.
Serving Tazewell County and parts of Buchanan and Russell counties, the News-Press traces its roots to 1934, to what was then called the News Progress.
In 1966, the News Progress changed its name to the News-Press with a new owner. Published from Richlands each Wednesday, the News-Press has a circulation of 2,976.
Smyth County News & Messenger
The Smyth County News & Messenger’s history is long and literary.
In 1927, noted author Sherwood Anderson bought two Marion, Va., newspapers, the Marion Democrat, published on Thursdays, and the Republican Smyth County News, published on Thursdays. While Anderson combined those two papers, their histories stretched back even further, with the Marion Democrat beginning its publication in May 1896 and the News in 1884.
In 1995, the Smyth County News combined with the Saltville News Messenger, which had begun publishing weekly, covering Smyth and Washington counties, in 1981.
The Smyth County News & Messenger is published from Marion twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It has a circulation of 4,043.
Washington County News
Like its sister paper in Smyth County, the Washington County News has ties to noted American author Sherwood Anderson. Anderson’s second son, John Sherwood Anderson, started the Damascus Blade in June 1948. A year later, the Blade moved its offices from Damascus to Abingdon and changed its name to the Washington County News, reflecting a more comprehensive approach to news coverage.
The Washington County News is a 2,128-circulation newspaper published each Wednesday in historic Abingdon. Over the years, it has been a supporter of plays at the state theater of Virginia, the Barter Theatre, as well as working with various other arts venues in promoting their exhibits and events.
The Wytheville Enterprise started its life as a once a week newspaper on April 23, 1870, as the Southwest Virginia Enterprise. Within eight years, the paper was being published from Wytheville, Va., twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Enterprise continued to be published on Wednesdays and Saturdays through June 2002, when it switched to a three-day publication – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – and changed its name to the Wytheville Enterprise. The Enterprise returned to a twice weekly publishing schedule in 2008.
With a circulation of 5,134, the Enterprise serves the 29,000 people living and working in Wythe County.
The Floyd Press
The first issue of The Floyd Press hit the street in 1891. For the next 122 years, The Floyd Press has been and remains a weekly part of the lives of the residents of rural Floyd County. The 4,607-circulation Press is published each Thursday from Floyd.
The Press is a part of the community, covering everything from the frequent bluegrass jams to the famous FloydFest held every year.