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1 dead in Smyth County motorcycle crash, VSP says

Smyth County, Va. — 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 16...
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Motorcycle crash in Smyth County claims man's life

A man died this afternoon in a motorcycle crash on the Back of the Dragon. According to a Virginia State Police press release, the single-vehicle crash occurred on Rt. 16, just north of the town of Marion. VSP received the call at 5:09 p.m. At this stage of the investigation,...
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Smyth County vehicle crash claims the life of 13-year-old boy

A 13-year-old boy died at the scene of a car crash on Rt. 16 in Smyth County Thursday. Three other individuals were injured in the two-vehicle collision. According to a Virginia State Police news release, the crash happened yesterday afternoon about 2:43 p.m. about a mile and a half south of Rt. 676.
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Driver charged in fatal crash

MARION, Va. — A North Carolina man has been charged with reckless driving in connection with a fatal crash in Smyth County. The crash, involving a 1990 Lexus sedan and a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe, occurred Thursday on state Route 16. The Lexus was traveling north when it ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, crossed the center line and into the southbound lane, striking the Chevrolet, the Virginia State Police said. The impact caused the Lexus to separate. The rear of the car came to rest in the creek and the front of the car in the southbound lane, the VSP said.
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Aerial treatment for gypsy moth coming up in Wythe and Smyth counties

The USDA Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services plan to spray treatments from aircraft to control gypsy moth infestations this June as part of the national program to “Slow the Spread” of the pest. The area to be treated includes approximately 20,896 acres of private...
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Forest users take long time access fight to Smyth court

A long-fought battle for public access to a road leading into the Jefferson National Forest has made its way to the Smyth County Court House. In a complaint filed in circuit court last Tuesday, Friends of Glade Mountain have asked a judge to declare a .3-mile section of Glade Mountain Road in Atkins a public roadway.
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Spate of I-81 projects to begin this year in Virginia

BRISTOL, Va. — About $140 million worth of Interstate 81 improvement projects are starting or set to begin this year in Washington, Smyth and Wythe counties. The projects are part of the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan funding program previously approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board in December 2018. The $2 billion package of improvements was funded by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam in 2019.
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PREP ROUNDUP: Warriors rally to beat Northwood in Hogoheegee

Call it a comeback for the Chilhowie Warriors. Top-seeded Chilhowie trailed 8-3 after five innings and faced an 8-6 deficit with three outs to go, but rallied past Smyth County rival Northwood for a 9-8 win on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Hogoheegee District baseball tournament. Kyle Plemmons scored...
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School's out for Smyth retirees

School’s not only out for summer, but possibly forever for most of a fairly large group of retirees ending their careers with a reception and a plaque of recognition from Smyth County Schools. Some of those retiring teachers will no doubt return to the classroom from time to time as...
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Holston River Heritage Center reopens for 2021 season

Sixty years have passed since a group of local citizens who loved and had a desire to preserve local history organized the Smyth County Museum & Historical Society on April 25, 1961. Their dream and mission continues today as the Holston River Heritage Center, on Marion’s Main Street, reopens for the 2021 season.
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Marion business owners treat students at end of hard year

A Marion business’ owners made it their mission last week to help Smyth County students celebrate the end of school with a sweet summer treat. Polar Express Shaved Ice owners Josh and Jessie Widener visited eight of the county’s 13 schools to serve up the flavorful frozen dessert to kick off the summer.