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Webb works to help region’s drug-fighting ability
Smyth and other counties were left out of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as three counties were recently included, but Jim Webb’s office said this week the U.S. Senator will continue to push for inclusion of all of Southwest Virginia in the national drug interdiction effort.

George Wythe to face off against Clintwood in the Division 1 quarterfinals
The George Wythe Maroons football team will play for the Division 1 state quarterfinal championship at Pendleton Field in Wytheville at 2 p.m. this coming Saturday.

Wythe Christmas parades coming soon
To usher in the 2011 Christmas season, local towns and communities are preparing for the holiday with their traditional parades. They welcome entries of everything from antique automobiles to horseback riders.

New church opens in Graham’s Forge
Among the many blessings for which Gordon McClary is thankful this year is his new church. The Max Meadows Christian Fellowship opened in late September at 4692 East Lee Highway in the Graham’s Forge community.

A MOUNTAIN VIEW: Praying all ways
I’m intrigued by the many ways people pray.

Wytheville jewelry store closing
One of Wytheville’s oldest Main Street businesses is closing at the end of this year. Smith Jewelers & Silversmiths opened in 1935 and has been owned and operated by three generations of the same local family ever since.

Wytheville church continues Thanksgiving Day tradition
They’re thankful, so they give.

Heartwood concerts continue
The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail (TCR)’s Music Series will continue with a Youth Music Concert on Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. at Heartwood – Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway featuring the Mountain Music School String Band from Wise County and the Honaker FFA Bluegrass Band from Russell County.

I MADE IT UP: Early prenuptial agreements
I enjoy reading Bud Phillips’ column about the early history of Bristol in the Sunday Herald Courier.  This past Sunday, he wrote that the first casualties of the Civil War from Bristol were not soldiers, but civilians killed by civilians because of strong sentiments for one cause or the other.  His column was accompanied by a photograph of one Lucas Barnes, a pro-Union sympathizer, who was shot to death by his sweetheart, who favored the Confederacy.  In the back of the head, no less, as he was riding off to join the Union army.

HEART BEAT: Believe in Happy Endings
The other night I watched a movie called “Trust.”  It is about a family that experiences emotional upheaval in the aftermath of a child’s sexual victimization.  While pedophilia is something I usually shy away from, this is a good movie.

Schools look beyond AYP, NCLB
The good news, Superintendent Jim Sullivan said, is that “the unrealistic and outdated” Adequate Yearly Progress model ushered in by No Child Left Behind legislation will be replaced. Schools will begin measuring growth and achievement, not against “arbitrary benchmarks.”

Great discoveries, great advancements in medicine
Piney Woods Philosopher: Piney reflects on changes in medicine

Gen-u-wine respect and wonder for veterans, Smart Phones
Possum Philosophy: Salutes to veterans and technology that lets you play Scrabble around the globe.

Richlands rolls past Tunstall
Blues dominate in every phase of the game

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