Pickin’ Parlor Musicians Featured Monday Nights on Channel 30

Well, another week has rolled around, and it’s time for me on this Friday morning to see what I can come up with for another column for the beginning of a new month. Welcome JUNE. May This Month Bring With It…Its Own Sunshine, Its Own Beauty…Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things That Make Life Simply Grand. May the Warmth […]

Daily Walk

God Knows When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless efforts – God knows how hard you have tried. When you’ve cried so long and your heart is in anguish, God has counted your tears. If you feel your life is on hold and time has passed you by, God is waiting with you. When you are lonely, your friends […]

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Illegal Steroids

The owner of a supplement company, who manufactured and shipped unapproved drugs and illegal steroids for use by members of the body building community, pled guilty this week federal drug charges. John Franklin Cochcroft, 37, of Lexington, S.C., waived his right to be indicted and pled guilty May 25 to one count of introduction of a new drug into interstate […]

Scenes From Nickelsville Day


Liberty Celebration 2022, which features a 100-member choir, a live orchestra, dancers and military recognition, is planned for Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 25 at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at Higher Ground Baptist Church. Tickets for the patriotic extravaganza are $5 for adults and children 12 and under are admitted for free. Visit <www.libertycelebration.com> to learn more. […]

Congressman Says Biden Administration has ‘Missed Signals, Misplaced Priorities’

In times of crisis, Americans look to the president of the United States for leadership. If we do so now, however, we would only see a president and administration who have been neglectful of solving the real problems facing our country or actively made them worse. No president has governed over a more severe crisis at the southern border. April […]

Crooked Road Accepting Artist- In-Residence Applications

Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail: The Crooked Road announces that applications are now open for the Artist-In-Residence program for heritage musicians that reside in the Southwest Virginia region. The Artist-In-Residence program gives local musicians a way to become an ambassador for heritage music through participating in events and educational workshops. This initiative is a year-long commitment, with a financial stipend, for […]

History/Culture Day Set for June 18

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will celebrate its History/Culture Day Saturday, June 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon with a special presentation from local author and Lee County native Amy Clark. Clark is a professor of communication studies and co-director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at U.Va.’s College at Wise. She is editor and co-author of Talking […]

I-81 Exit 17 Northbound Bridge Work Requires 24- Hour, Multi-Day Lane Closures In June

Due to efforts to improve Interstate 81 northbound at exit 17 in Abingdon, 24-hour lane closures on I-81 northbound are required for multiple days during two weeks in June (weather permitting). The first lane closure will begin at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 and will remain in place until 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 9. The closure is necessary […]

Hal Gardner

Hal Douglas Gardner, 73, Hiltons, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at Holston Valley Medical Center. Hal played baseball and was part of the first four-year graduating class of Clinch Valley College. He enjoyed coaching softball and basketball teams. Hal was a dedicated teacher at Hilton Elementary School for 38 years, retiring in 2009. He was born on Oct. 24, […]