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Washington County, VA Notice of Public Hearing

The Board of Supervisors of Washington County, Virginia, hereby gives notice of its intent to conduct a public hearing at its meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as may be heard regarding a proposed ordinance titled:. Ordinance to revise Washington County Code Section 58-84...
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Fourth of July festivities announced for Tri-Cities

TRI-CITIES (WJHL) – The Tri-Cities and surrounding areas have a wide variety of events and celebrations planned for the Fourth of July. Abingdon Abingdon’s Independence Day Fireworks will begin on Monday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. The event will take place at Latture Field in downtown Abingdon. Big Stone Gap Independence Day Extravaganza: Thursday, June […]
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Abingdon Virginia Highlands Festival announces music lineup

ABINGDON, Va. (WCYB) — The music lineup and ticket information has been announced by the Virginia Highlands Festival. The upcoming festival will take place at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in the outdoor tent in Abingdon, Virginia on July 22 to July 31. This year's lineup features talent...

Southwest Robotics Team Competing in World Championship

Southwest Virginia Community College’s new robotics team is currently in Long Beach, California competing in the 2022 MATE ROV Competition World Championship (June 22 – June 25). This is an underwater robotics competition and their robot is named SeaEagle! #goSouthwest. The Southwest team is competing in the PIONEER...
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Next generation of Johnson County bull riders are stepping up

L-R Bullriders Loki Osborne, 15, of Butler, TN, and Joe Joe Church, 14, of Mountain City, before their rides at the Bulls and Barrels Rodeo on Saturday night. Wes and John Stalans brought the Spur N S Rodeo monster bulls back to Johnson County for two nail-biting nights of Bulls and Barrels on Friday and Saturday. Featuring the fan-favorite events of bull riding and barrel racing, along with some spectacular trick riding and raucous comedy, it was the action-packed night that Mountain City resident Pauleen Kidd attended with her two sons and her granddaughter, was hoping for. “It’s a good time Saturday night,” she said.

Injury turns Appalachian cowboy into a writer

A Tazewell County, Virginia, farmer---who may be one of the last few Appalachian cowboys--- is preserving cowboy culture through his writing, lifestyle, and actions. John Rhudy, a long-time farmer, herds beef cattle on horseback on his Burke’s Garden farm, proud to be carrying on an Appalachian lifestyle that started with his family as far back as the 1800s.

Big Lots to open this fall

JEFFERSON - Work continues at the new Big Lots location in Jefferson with an opening date coming sometime in the fall of this year. According to Josh Chaney, a spokesperson for Big Lots, the store is expected to open this fall, however an exact date has yet to be determined. The new location will be opening where Roses used to be. After 35 years in business, Roses officially closed its doors in Jefferson on January 15 of this year. Previously, it was expected that this Big Lots location would be completed and open in July of this year, however that will not be the case. Big Lots, which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, operates 1,409 locations in 47 states. The only states without a location are South Dakota, Alaska and Hawaii. The first location opened in Columbus in 1967.
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Harvey Burniston, Sr.,

Harvey Burniston, Sr., 90, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2022, following a lengthy illness. He was born December 18, 1931 in Brookline, Massachusetts, son of the late Robert Sr. and Greta (Duncan) Burniston. Harvey attended Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Massachusetts and enlisted in the United States Air...

Council supports United Way's plan for child care headquarters

Abingdon’s Town Council passed a resolution Thursday supporting the United Way of Southwest Virginia’s plans to seek funding for a new child care headquarters. The United Way is applying for a $5 million federal grant to improve child care throughout the region by repurposing a building in Abingdon.
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Barbara Ann Trivett

Barbara Ann Trivett, age 83, of Mountain City, TN passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 at Bristol Reginal Medical Center. Barbara was born May 18, 1939 in Shouns, TN to the late Walter(Jug) and Martha Ellis. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Bob Trivett; sister, Jo Woods; brother in law, Charlie Woods, and nephew, Harold Woods.
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Shirley McQueen Shumate

Shirley McQueen Shumate, 90, of Shady Valley, TN passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022 in the Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center in Mountain City, TN. She was a life long resident of Shady Valley, TN born on January 28, 1932, a daughter of the late Roby and Leona McQueen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. L. Shumate, Sr. whom she was married to for 63 years; two sisters, Kathleen Maxwell and Imogene Reece; and a brother, Vernon McQueen.

Bikefest to help King Museum celebrate classic motorcycles

ABINGDON, Va. – The latest William King Museum exhibit, The Open Road: The Art of the Motorcycle, looks to provide the feeling of hitting the open road, riding across the American landscape on a classic motorcycle while exploring the evolution of bike design and biker subcultures, as well as the history of motorcycles in Southwest Virginia and beyond.

Christmas In July Festival opens July 1

WEST JEFFERSON - Ashe County’s Christmas in July Festival is returning to Downtown West Jefferson with a new look and footprint for the festival! An opening ceremony will kick off the festival on Friday, July 1 at 5 p.m. featuring Connie Hardison singing the National Anthem, the Ashe County Veterans Color Guard and the presentation of a new mural celebrating Ashe County Christmas trees. An Entertainment lineup, especially for the Friday evening crowd will follow the opening ceremonies. The Main Stage is sponsored by the...

Federal report charts path for changes, growth at Quillen VA Medical Center

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — If recommendations in a federal Department of Veterans Affairs report become reality, some significant growth and realignment is in the James H. Quillen Mountain Home VA Medical Center’s not-too-distant future. News Channel 11 sat down with Quillen’s director, Dean Borsos, about recommendations from the so-called “AIR Commission” — an effort […]
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Christmas In July Returns To West Jefferson

After a couple of summers off due to COVID-19, the Christmas In July festival returns this year in West Jefferson. The festival began as a way to promote the local Christmas Tree Industry, and features many Christmas crafts, a tree baling competition...and a chance to visit with Santa Claus. The...

The Arts Depot in Abingdon pulls the cover off new summer exhibits

» Where: The Arts Depot, 314 Depot Square, Abingdon, Virginia,. » Telephone: (276) 628-9091. » When: The Arts Depot is open to the public with free admission Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Abingdon’s Arts Depot is awash in colorful exhibits as the summer...

Ankle injury brings hiker's AT journey to an early end

ABINGDON, Va. – After completing 1,035 miles of the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maryland and raising $3,357 for Shriners Hospitals for Children, Brian "Fes" Stanley has made the difficult decision to end his journey due to an injury to his right ankle. "It was a really hard decision...