Thursday, June 23, 2016


Abingdon, Virginia


On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Town of Abingdon Planning Commission will meet at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building (133 West Main Street, Abingdon). At the meeting, members of the commission will vote on a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for the site development at/near 440 Green Spring Road, Abingdon.

Per the Code of the Town of Abingdon, this meeting will not include a public hearing on this component. The public is encouraged to review the detailed agenda packet at and citizens wishing to make comments or who have questions may contact the applicant listed on the notice or the Planning Department at 276-628-3167 prior to the meeting on June 27, 2016. 


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Independence Day Extravaganza 7-2-16

Monday, July 4, 2016, the Coomes Center Outdoor Pool will be OPEN from 12pm-6pm, Cost $3.00 per person. There will be a DJ playing music from the pool deck and a food vendor onsite. The gym, indoor pool, and main facility will be CLOSED for the day.

There will be NO fireworks show at the Coomes Center on July 4, 2016. All festivities and fireworks have been moved to the Abingdon Market Pavilion (100 Remsburg Drive) on Saturday, July 2, 2016, beginning at 4:00 pm with fireworks at 9:20 pm.  

Job Opening- Part-Time Laborer

Monday, June 20, 2016


Sustain Abingdon has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $500 in the Beautification category. Sustain Abingdon is planning a Community Garden project, consisting of twenty plots that will be available to the general public. The plot size will be 20’x20′. Sustain Abingdon will prepare the plots and provide water for the plants as needed. The plants that are grown will be limited to vegetables only. The goal is to provide gardening opportunities to those in the community who might not otherwise be able to have a vegetable garden. 30 in Thirty funds awarded by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to help prepare the sites for planting, and to educate residents about the community garden. Sustain Abingdon will measure the number of plots leased, number of participants, and the types of vegetables grown.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty Grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Ratliff Wins Award for Innovation in Government

Ratliff Wins Award for Innovation in Government

Sandy Ratliff, business development specialist for Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity won the award for Innovation in Government for her role in live streaming and archiving the Noon Knowledge educational series, a free weekly educational workshop developed through a partnership between VDSBSD, Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, and Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Also, a winner at the Southwest Virginia Technology Council Awards was Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator tenant Lab Optical for his role in small business innovation.

The Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator is an economic development facility whose mission is to foster small business development and growth in the Abingdon and Washington County area.


Pictured: Sandy Ratliff, business development specialist for Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

Agenda for Town Council Meeting on 6-20-16

Mr. Kelly Elected President of VLGMA

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Public Hearing Notice 6-20-16

Commonwealth Transportation Board Approves Abingdon Projects

Delegate Todd Pillion (R-Abingdon) and Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) released the following joint statement today in response to the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s vote to approve transportation projects in Virginia:

On Tuesday, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) voted to approve the first round of transportation projects that are part of a $1.7 billion investment to fund 163 projects. Among the approved projects are two that are critical to our region – the Exit 17 interchange and Exit 19 ramp improvements along I-81. As a whole, the Bristol district received approximately $8,926,000 in high priority funding, $76,241,000 in district grant program funding and $123,042,000 in state of good repair funding.

All projects were selected using the SMART SCALE process under HB 2 and are fully funded through all stages of development and construction. As required by law, projects are scored based on factors such as improved economic development, eased congestion, accessibility to jobs and environmental quality. Having qualified for funding under the High Priority Projects Program and the District Grant Program, both projects met the necessary scoring requirements.

In response to the approval, Delegate Todd Pillion, member of the House Transportation Committee stated, “This announcement is great news for Southwest Virginia. Since my election to the House, my colleagues and I have worked to reform the complex and often wasteful process of selecting and completing transportation projects. SMART SCALE is a major investment to address Virginia’s transportation needs based on merit and accountability. In addition to the major improvements to Exits 17 and 19, resources will be allocated throughout the district for projects and improvements to bridges and roads. Transportation was a key priority in my campaign and while I am pleased with the progress we have made, I will continue to be steadfast in my commitment to fighting for the people of our region.”   

Delegate Israel O’Quinn added, "I was glad to see the Commonwealth Transportation Board approve some crucial and large scale projects for Southwest Virginia.  Many of these projects have been on and off of the six year plan many times.  The SMART SCALE process ensures that the approved projects are now funded and will proceed forward.  Our Southwest Virginia legislative delegation understands how important transportation is to the overall infrastructure of our region and we spend a great deal of time working on those issues.  We appreciate the working relationship we have with our regional VDOT staff and look forward to breaking ground on many important projects in the near future."


Tyler W. Lester
Legislative Aide
Delegate Todd E. Pillion
Virginia House of Delegates
4th District
(276) 220-1209

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