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Disease may wipe out treasured flowers
by JENAY TATE • Editor & Publisher
Jan 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
Trevor Curtis's alarming letter arrived entitled "The Extinction of Roses." Whoa. "Rose Rosette Disease is sweeping across the country and killing every rose it encounters," wrote Curtis, a landscape architect from Wise who, just in recent weeks, has seen roses with RRD in Norton and Wise. He wor...
Bills aplenty: Lawmakers address smoking, energy, more
by JEFF LESTER • News Editor
Jan 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
One local legislator wants to give police the power to ticket adults who smoke in a vehicle with a child younger than eight years old. House Bill 2171, sponsored by Del. Todd Pillion, R-Abingdon, would attach a civil penalty of $100 to the offense. Pillion, a dentist, has said that seeing the health effects of secondhand smoke, particularly on children, prompted him to file the legislation, which is under study by the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee. Pillion was asked in an email whether the bill is meeting criticism from individual rights advocates or others who might con...
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Burton boys, girls sweep Thomas Walker
by JAMES TAYLOR • Sports Writer
Jan 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
NORTON — The J.I. Burton Raiders, with five scorers in double figures, picked up a decisive 70-41 Cumberland Conference win over the Thomas Walker Pioneers Friday night at Stan Wilson Gymnasium. Ne...
Noaks’ rebounds preserve Bears’ win over Central
by KEVIN MAYS • Sports Editor
Jan 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
BIG STONE GAP — The Union Bears did just enough to hold off a hot-shooting Central Warriors squad Friday night for a Clinch Mountain Conference basketball win. The Bears (11-6, 5-2) withstood a 71....
Tobacco panel reforms offered
Jan 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The leaders of the Virginia Tobacco Commission have introduced legislation to make the organization more efficient and effective, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday. In a press release, McAuliff...
Student serves as Senate page
by KATIE DUNN • Staff Writer
Jan 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
WISE — Most Americans’ views about Congress are shaped by news reports, but one Wise County teenager recently received an in-depth examination of how the country’s democratic leadership operates. C...
Rescue squad aid pact approved
by JEFF LESTER • News Editor
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Norton city council and the city rescue squad have reached an agreement that will give the city significant oversight of the emergency unit’s workings. Council on Tuesday night authorized execution...
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