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Julia Mae Gamble Smith, 95

Julia Mae Gamble Smith, age 95, of 1018 Cliftwood Circle, Clifton Forge, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at her residence. She was born September 14, 1926 in Lynchburg, South Carolina to the late Julius Edward Gamble and Florence Witherspoon Gamble. She was a retired factory worker for Nabisco in Fairlawn, NJ and […] The post Julia Mae Gamble Smith, 95 appeared first on West Virginia Daily News.
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DWR finds more fish with lesions in the Jackson River in Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) confirms it has found a variety of fish with lesions on the Jackson River between Covington and Clifton Forge. The fish were collected during an electrofishing survey last week. The survey was done in response to reports from a local fishing guide that nearly […]
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Highland EDA’s June Meeting

The Highland County EDA held its monthly meeting on June 20. EDA Economic Development Officer Betty Mitchell discussed the possibility of renting office space for the EDA to share with the Blue Grass Resource Center. The Recorder has purchased the Dancon building on Main Street in Monterey and plans to move it’s offices there. The building has space for a separate office, with it’s own entrance and restroom. The rent would be $400 a month including utilities, which would be $200 per organization. Mitchell said she felt both organizations would benefit with having a public facing space. Mitchell added that, in lieu of the space, she would give up the $40 she is paid monthly from the EDA budget for accounting work. She also pointed out that the EDA has $8,800 in it’s budget that has been carried over. EDA Chair George Hogshead said he understood why the Blue Grass Resource Center would like to be located there during the Highland Inn renovation, but he said $200 a month would use almost all of the EDA’s annual operational budget of $2,500. He said Mitchell typically spends ten hours a week on EDA work, so he could support a lesser amount, which would not take so much out of the budget and which would be more representative of her time on EDA work. EDA member Patti Hrovat said that currently there are three grants being juggled, with Mitchell putting in a lot of extra time. EDA member Bryan Obaugh said he was not in favor of a long-term rental and asked if there might be county space available. EDA member Kirk Billingsley said the EDA should talk with the Board of Supervisors to be sure there isn’t other space available, possibly through the county, since taxpayer money funds the EDA. He also questioned the use of taxpayer funds for paying rent. EDA member Jamie Collins agreed that for transparency, the EDA should talk with the Board of Supervisors. The EDA voted to table action on this item, with member Patti Hrovat opposed.

Craigsville Funeral Home celebrates new owner, building updates

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - The Craigsville Funeral Home held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday evening to celebrate some updates at the facility and new ownership. Garland Easter III, who has been working at the Craigsville Funeral Home for almost a decade, is taking over for the previous owner John Young.

2022 Parade of Steam at Cass

06-22-22 Cass Days 2022(Sound of a steam whistle) The lonely sound of a bygone era when the logging town of Cass, WV was booming, well over a century ago. It was the sound of the huge geared Shay locomotives that were used almost exclusively to haul huge logs off the steep surrounding mountains. Now those locomotives are used to haul tourists up the mountain for stunning views of the valleys and ridges beyond the town. That history was on display Saturday, June 18th during the Cass Days celebration. Train enthusiasts from far and wide came to this small logging town in Pocahontas County to see a very unusual sight.

Community comes together for Juneteenth celebration in Clifton Forge

CLIFTON FORGE, Va. (WDBJ) - The community of Clifton Forge celebrated the Juneteenth holiday Monday by bringing people together. “When this became a holiday, we thought this is a great opportunity to bring the community together,” said Susan Hutchison, Clifton Forge Main Street President. Food, music, speeches, fun and...

Hammons Family Fiddle and Banjo contest comes to Pioneer Days

MARLINTON (WVDN) – For lovers of real Appalachian roots music, West Virginia will debut a brand-new music festival this summer. The Hammons Family Fiddle and Banjo Contest and World-Class Jam will take place on Saturday, July 9, as a highlight of the Pioneer Days Festival, July 7-10, in Marlinton. The fiddle and banjo contests, which […] The post Hammons Family Fiddle and Banjo contest comes to Pioneer Days appeared first on West Virginia Daily News.
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Summer Gardens

The Fourth of July weekend will get off to a “blooming” start on Saturday, July 2, with the Brownsburg Community Association’s inaugural Historic Brownsburg Area Country Garden Sampler garden tour.Five private gardens in northern Rockbridge will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the garden owners,

Weekend at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, VA

Matt, the kids and I spent last weekend at The Omni Homestead hotel in Hot Springs, Virginia. Here’s a recap of our trip!. We were at the Homestead with our friends Lily and James, and their kids Hank (only a month younger than Riese) and Penny (18 months). We...