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Washington County, VA police seeking to ID masked home invasion suspect

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – The Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help identify a suspect accused of breaking into two homes. A post from the sheriff’s office states the suspect is responsible for two home invasions in the Wolf Run and Gum Hill communities of Bristol. A video and photo […]
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Mendota Trail moves step closer to completion

The Washington County Board of Supervisors agreed to receive state funding to complete the Mendota Trail Tuesday. This move approved a grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to accept $466,500, as approved this summer by the Virginia General Assembly. The money is being used to complete the...
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Funeral arrangements announced for former Virginia Delegate Joe Johnson

Details have been released regarding the funeral for former Virginia Delegate Joe Johnson. Johnson served in the House of Delegates for nearly 30 years. The family of the Washington County-native and Emory & Henry graduate will accept friends and family from 4 until 8 Friday afternoon at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
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Blasting to close road Tuesday

Motorists traveling on State Route 93 at the Sullivan/Washington County line could face delays due to construction Tuesday. Beginning at noon Tuesday, August 9, State Route 93 will be temporarily closed in both directions between Morgan Lane and Baileyton Road (Horton Highway) as crews perform blasting operations. These closures will take place at the same time each day, Tuesday, August 9 through Friday, August 12.
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SWVA Delegate’s Bill Shifting School Construction Approach

A Bill sponsored by Washington County Virginia Delegate and Deputy Majority Leader Israel O’Quinn providing support for 4 hundred million dollars in grants for schools based on student enrollment and local needs is ceremonially signed into law. The School Construction Fund and Program will also support 450 million dollars in competitive grants for high need school’s new construction, expansion and modernization projects in partnership with local school boards. O’Quinn says this shift in Virginia’s approach to school construction is a big deal for school divisions all across the Commonwealth, especially in Southwest Virginia.
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Blasting to close State Route 93 at county line Monday at noon

Motorists traveling on State Route 93 at the Sullivan/Washington County line should be aware of road construction activities that will have an effect on traffic. Beginning noon Monday, August 8, State Route 93 will be temporarily closed in both directions between Morgan Lane and Baileyton Road (Horton Highway) as crews perform blasting operations.
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Former delegate Joe Johnson passes away at age 90

Longtime Southwest Virginia lawmaker Joe Johnson died Friday following a lifetime of service. He was 90. A native of Washington County, Virginia, Johnson served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1966 to 1970 and then again from 1990 to 2014. Upon his return to politics, Johnson’s lone contested race was for the former 6th District seat in November 1989. After redistricting, he was then unopposed in 11 consecutive elections to represent the 4th District, which includes the town of Abingdon and Washington County. He was an attorney whose practice was based in Abingdon.
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Jonesborough man caught bringing drugs into jail via inmate mail

A Jonesborough man now has additional charges after police caught him attempting to bring drugs into the Washington County Detention Center through the use of inmate mail. According to a report, inmate mail delivery operations recently changed to facilitate better security, where jail staff will open and copy an inmate’s mail in front of them, and the originals are locked away to be shredded.
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WCSO searching for suspect in vape store burglary

ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) – Washington County, Virginia authorities are searching for a suspect in connection to the burglary of an Abingdon vape shop in July. On Tuesday, investigators with the Washington County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) released videos of the incident and asked anyone who knows the person in the footage to come forward. You […]
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Supply drive held in Abingdon, VA to help those in need; donations needed

The Washington County Life Saving Crew is holding a supply drive Kentucky and Virginia residents in need at the Washington County Life Saving Crew building in Abingdon, VA on July 30 through August 30. Public relations officials tell News 5 that donations such as routine household items, food, clothing, baby...
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APCo Requests Proposals for Battery Storage System

Appalachian Power is moving forward with plans to incorporate battery storage to improve electric service reliability and help meet clean energy requirements under the 2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). A formal request for proposals (RFP) from battery energy storage system (BESS) manufacturers will be issued Monday, Aug. 1. The...
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Sheriff: Apparent OD death at motel in Washington Co., VA

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) — Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Blake Andis confirmed with News Channel 11 that the department is at the scene of a death investigation Tuesday afternoon. According to Andis, authorities responded to Evergreen Motel on the 15000 block of Lee Highway at 12:30 p.m., where officers found the body of a 42-year-old […]
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