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Friday, September 26, 2014

People With Local Ties on New Virginia Ethics Commission
Virginia's governor has enlisted two people with ties to our region to lead an effort to reform Virginia's ehtics laws, in the wake of the conviction of Former Gov. Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges. Terry McAuliffe is hoping for reform in the next General Assembly. He's picked former Congressman Rick Boucher of Abingdon, a Democrat, as well as former Lt. Gov Bill Bolling a Republican, in an effort to establish a bipartisan reform commission. Also selected - former UVA President John Casteen. “Our ethics have no teeth," - McAuliffe said before establishing the commission. (LM)

Delegate Candidate from Abingdon Throws Hat in Ring
An Abingdon dentist throws his hat in the ring to run for the 4th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Todd Pillion is seeking the Republican nomination to run for the seat left vacant when Ben Chafin was elected to the state Senate. The new House delegate will be elected in a special election Dec. 9th. (LM)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Virginia Lottery Winner to be Revealed in Abingdon
The man winning the 1 million dollar lottery for Virginia will be revealed this Thursday in Abingdon. Sources say that the winner will be presented at the Kroger on 466 South Cummings St. There the ceremonial check will be given to the winner as well as a presentation of a ten thousand dollar check for the store. The presentation will be at 11:30 Thursday morning at the store. (EE)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Authorities in Abingdon: Man Puts Gun to Adult Son's Head
A dispute between a man and son in Abingdon got so violent, police say 58-year old Elwood Zebeley of Morningside Drive put a gun to his adult son's head and threatened to kill him. It happened when Zebeley's son went to the home to retrieve property. No one was injured but a gun was seized and Zebeley is facing charges of attempted murder, felonious asault and was ordered to stay away from his son. (LM)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New SWVA Tourism Dollars Coming In
Ten tourism projects based in Southwest Virginia, including one based around a major motion picture to be released later this year, will be receiving matching dollars. Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Program will administer over $140,000 to plans headed by such agencies as Believe in Bristol, Barter Theatre, Clinch River Adventures, the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Russell County Board of Supervisors. A regional promotion for a tourism project based on the movie “Big Stone Gap” starring Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson is receiving over $12,000. Tourism generated over $21 billion in Virginia in 2013.

Friday, September 19, 2014

New SWVa Tourism Dollars coming in
Ten tourism projects based in Southwest Virginia, including one based around a major motion picture to be released later this year, will be receiving matching dollars. Virginia Tourism Corporation's Marketing Leverage Program will administer over $140,000 to plans headed by such agencies as Believe in Bristol, Barter Theatre, Clinch River Adventures, the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Russell County Board of Supervisors. A regional promotion for a tourism project based on the movie “Big Stone Gap” starring Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson is receiving over $12,000. Tourism generated over $21 billion in Virginia in 2013.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Underage Drinking Arrest in Abingdon
A report of a party with underage drinking over the weekend led to several arrests by the Abingdon Police Department. A total of six college-age individuals were arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol after officers arrived just before 1 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 600 block of Patton Street. An officer found Jakob Hamley of Christiansburg, Va., staggering down the street and placed him in custody. The five others were found in and around vehicles at the location and arrested. (KC)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Underage Drinking arrest in Abingdon
A report of a party with underage drinking over the weekend led to several arrests by the Abingdon Police Department. A total of six college-age individuals were arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol after officers arrived just before 1 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 600 block of Patton Street. An officer found Jakob Hamley of Christiansburg, Va., staggering down the street and placed him in custody. The five others were found in and around vehicles at the location and arrested.

Amend the Rave Act
An Abingdon, Virginia woman is working to change federal law to protect concert-goers at electronic music events. Deirdre Goldsmith has launched amend the rave act dot org following the death of her daughter Shelley, a Abingdon High and Uva honor student who died last August from heat stroke and cardiac arrest at a rave club in Washington, D.C. After taking MDMA or Molly. She is campaigning for adequate ventilation, water and space at licensed clubs. She hopes to present her data to Vice President Joe Biden who first introduced the act in 2003. (KC)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Amend the Rave Act
An Abingdon, Virginia woman is working to change federal law to protect concert-goers at electronic music events. Deirdre Goldsmith has launched amend the rave act dot org following the death of her daughter Shelley, a Abingdon High and Uva honor student who died last August from heat stroke and cardiac arrest at a rave club in Washington, D.C. After taking MDMA or Molly. She is campaigning for adequate ventilation, water and space at licensed clubs. She hopes to present her data to Vice President Joe Biden who first introduced the act in 2003. (KC)

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