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Chamber welcomes Unseen Pass to Ashe County

WEST JEFFERSON — On May 27, the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed Unseen Pass to Ashe County along with friends and family. Unseen pass, located at 421 E 2nd St. in West Jefferson, was originally a 1000 cc street-legal SXS (side-by-side) rental company but got shut-out on Labor Day weekend in 2020 when the NCDMV stated that they were no longer allowed to run the side-by-sides on the street.
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Motorcyclist killed in crash outside of Marion

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WCYB) — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Smyth County Monday. According to Virginia State Police, the crash occurred on Route 16, just north of the town of Marion. Investigators believe the motorcycle was traveling northbound when it ran off the road and struck a...
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Carroll County,

Three Republicans will run unopposed in Carroll

Barring any unlikely write-in campaigns, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will feature three new members in 2022. With no candidates filing before the independent or Democratic deadlines, Republican candidates Ronnie Collins, Jody Early and Joey Dickson all will be running unopposed this November for seats on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. Early was the only Carroll Republican to face a challenge within his own party as he defeated Kathy Largen Patterson 131-50 in the May 15 Republican Primary for the party’s nomination for the Laurel Fork District seat on the board of supervisors.

Obituary for John Kevin Hastings

John Kevin Hastings, age 74 of Galax passed away Saturday, June 12,2021 at the NEW River Valley Medical Center. Born December 15,1946 in Streator Ill, he was the son of the late John James Duch and Jayne Ann Gray Duch Hastings. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Andy Koenig.
Bland County, VASouthwest Virginia Today

W.Va. man indicted in Bland County slaying

Accused in the Nov. 5, 2020, slaying of a Georgia woman, a West Virginia man will now face trial in Bland County Circuit Court. Gilbert Lee Riggs Jr., 58, of Princeton, was indicted Monday on charges of second-degree murder, and felony hit and run in the death of 56-year-old Janice McBerry Poole, whose body was discovered in the lower parking lot of a Bastian gas station.
Virginia StateWSET

1 dead in Smyth County motorcycle crash

SMYTH COUNTY, Va. (WSET) — Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Blevins responded to a single-vehicle crash in Smyth County on Monday evening. The crash occurred on Route 16, just north of the Town of Marion. At this stage of the investigation, it appears that a motorcycle traveling north on Route...
Bland County, VASouthwest Virginia Today

BCHS grads also earn WCC degrees

When Bland County High School handed out diplomas to the 64 members of the Class of 2021 on May 29, five students already had associate degrees from Wytheville Community College. Andrew Hill, Avree Cook, Kennedy Thomas, Charlie Sloop and Carrie Havens completed both high school and college courses while at...
Smyth County, VASouthwest Virginia Today

Speyside's success offers message of hope to Smyth and Washington counties, region

Kendra Hayden began helping work to bring the Speyside Bourbon cooperage and stave mill to Smyth and Washington counties when the project was just a possibility. After she toured the stave mill, watched employees working on the lines, and helped celebrate its first year plus of operations Thursday, Hayden, Smyth County’s economic development assistant, reflected on seeing a project from prospect to fruition.
Wythe County, VASouthwest Virginia Today

Wythe woman convicted of attempted murder in shooting

Tammy Hounshell’s attraction was almost fatal. In a more than two-hour Wythe County Circuit Court trial on Wednesday, the prosecution said the 49-year-old Wytheville resident was out for revenge in December 2019 when she tried to gun down her former lover at a Max Meadows area construction site. Hounshell, though,...
Carroll County,

Alley belts grand slam as Cavs advance

Lauren Alley’s two-out grand slam in the top of the fifth inning proved to be all the offense Carroll County would need June 14 to upset Northside 4-2 in a Region 3D Softball Quarterfinal in Roanoke. The seventh-seeded Cavaliers, who had to survive an 8-inning marathon two days earlier just...
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Wytheville (VA) Weather Channel

3 ideas for jumping on Tuesday’s sunny forecast in Wytheville

(WYTHEVILLE, VA) The forecast is calling for sun today in Wytheville. Here are three ideas for how to make the most of it, along with a four-day forecast. Have a picnic: With COVID-19 restrictions lingering around the country, this beloved pastime has taken on new relevance. Meeting a friend somewhere pretty with a basket of snacks and a blanket can be a spontaneous way to enjoy a sunny afternoon in a safer environment than indoors. Risk levels should always be taken into account along with advice from health authorities on gathering sizes.
Ceres, VASouthwest Virginia Today

Harvesting honey in Ceres

Brett and Tina Tempest were busy bees Memorial Day weekend, moving their hives from North Carolina to their home in Ceres. Moving the bees means they can gather pollen from a wide range of plants for a longer time, making a diverse honey harvest. “The winter in Virginia is more...
Marion, VASouthwest Virginia Today

Two face charges following boy's fall in Marion

A 13-year-old boy was flown to Johnson City Medical Center following a fall from an about 40-foot embankment that left the child with head injuries and a badly broken leg. The boy was accompanied by three individuals, two of whom now face charges in connection with the incident that happened Saturday shortly after 5 p.m.