INTERSTATE 81 EXIT 14 NORTHBOUND OFF RAMP TEMPORARILY CLOSING Closure begins at midnight July 27, will be in place approximately 15 days
BRISTOL – Beginning midnight July 27 (Wednesday night/Thursday morning), the northbound Interstate 81 exit 14 off ramp will be closed for approximately 15 days and motorists will use exit 13 to access the exit 14 area.
Northbound traffic will use exit 13 and either Route 11 or Old Jonesboro Road to access locations around exit 14.
The closure of the off ramp is necessary to finish the connection between the new off ramp and the interstate. Following the closure, northbound traffic will be using the new section of roadway, new bridge and new ramp for exit 14.
During the off ramp closure, the blue traveler information signs at exit 14 will be temporarily located to exit 13 to help visitors find their destinations. There will also be message boards to direct Virginia Highlands Festival traffic to Old Jonesboro Road.
The reconstruction of the Interstate 81 exit 14 interchange in Abingdon was awarded in late 2015 and work began in January 2016.
W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., Chilhowie, Va., received the $29 million contract which includes replacement of the two interstate bridges over Route 647 (Old Jonesboro Road); separation of the northbound exit and entrance ramps; widening of Old Jonesboro Road; modification of Dennison Drive; and adding signals at the ramp intersections.
The entire project is currently scheduled to be complete fall 2018.
awarded E.B. Stanley Middle School, in Abingdon Virginia, a $500 30 in Thirty
grant for their beautification project. They will use this money to finish the
construction of a rainwater collection system. The water will be stored in a
2,500 gallon tank for Abingdon residents to use in the community garden.
Treated water contains chlorine and fluorine, which can kill beneficial
bacteria found in soil. This project will help the garden flourish with fresh
rain water, and saves the County money by eliminating the need for them to
provide fresh water.
non-profit, civic, and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply
for 30 in Thirty grants for $500 to $2,000 describing how they plan to address
Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Beautification in
2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $145,000 to 195 projects
throughout the Commonwealth. This year, we partnered with Altria, Keep
America Beautiful, and Deep Run Dance Marathon to make the program possible.
Keep Southwest Virginia
Beautiful has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $750 in the Cigarette Litter
Prevention category. Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful in Abingdon is expanding
their Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to two other counties across the
Southwest, Lee and Dickenson. Cigarette butts are a concern because many people
do not consider it litter. Efforts will be focused on county fairs where they
can reach a lot of people in a short amount of time. Their plan includes
educating the general public about cigarette butt litter through social media
postings, and handing out pocket ashtrays. They will recruit a task force to
conduct litter scans to count and pick up cigarette butts before the county
fairs, then install ash receptacles for the public to use. Another count and
cleanup of cigarette butts will be made after county fairs to show the decrease
in litter, and an increase of public awareness.
non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply
for 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.
The Town of Abingdon is taking applications for someone to
serve on the VA Highlands Small Business Incubator Board. This board
meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the Incubator
building. This position is to fill an unexpired term of a member who is no
longer able to serve. Applications can be found online at www.abingdon-va.gov under
forms/downloads. Please submit applications to Kim Kingsley,
Administrative Assistant, by July 31st at 5:00 p.m.
As you plan your Independence Day celebrations, it
is important to understand the laws regulating firework use in the Commonwealth
of Virginia. The Abingdon Police Department is providing a list of permitted
fireworks and safety tips.
Any fireworks which explode,
travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles into the air.
When lighting fireworks - Set
family boundaries. Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Use eye
protection. Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe
distance until the display is finished. To prevent injuries, never throw
fireworks and never hold fireworks in your hand. Never re-light a “dud”
Always read and follow the
directions on the label.
Only use fireworks outdoors
and away from anything flammable.
Never shoot fireworks in metal
or glass containers.
Use fireworks in parking lots,
driveways, and gravel/dirt areas.
Do not use under the influence
Have a rake or shovel as well
as a bucket of water, wet towel, and a garden hose nearby.
Monitor the area for several
hours after using fireworks.
·Be mindful of
neighbors, especially veterans.
oFor military veterans dealing with
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multicolor pyrotechnics, and unexpected
blasts can trigger memories of combat and induce anxiety.
oPlease advise neighbors and veterans
in your area of firework usage, so they can plan accordingly.
·Keep pets safe
oLoud noises associated with fireworks make dogs
nervous. Frightened dogs feel more secure in small, familiar spaces. If pet
owners crate their dogs, they should put them in the crate during a fireworks
display. If not, pet owners can prepare a small, dimly-lit room, and can leave
on the television or radio to drown out the fireworks. Dogs should never be
left alone outside during a fireworks display. The noises could prompt them to
run away to get away from the noise.
oAlso many dogs think the fast moving twirling,
spinning fireworks are something they should go fetch and bring back to their
owners, this could harm the pet. Also, pet may be prompted to carry the flaming
fireworks off into the dry grass or woods, and start a fire.
The Abingdon Town
Code addresses fireworks through the following code sections:
·Sec. 34-81. - When manufacture, transportation, sale,
storage, use of fireworks unlawful.
Except as otherwise provided in this article, it shall be unlawful for
any person to transport, manufacture, store, sell, offer for sale, expose for
sale, or to buy, use, ignite or explode any firecracker, torpedo, skyrocket, or
other substance or thing, of whatever form or construction, that contains any
explosive or inflammable compound or substance, and is intended, or commonly
known, as fireworks and which explodes, rises into the air or travels
laterally, or fires projectiles into the air, other than sparks or those
fireworks excepted under the provisions of subsection (a) ofsection 34-83. (Code 1985, § 7-14)
State Law reference—Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 59.1-142.
·Sec. 34-82. -
Permit for exhibition or display.
Any person desiring to conduct or present a display of fireworks may do
so if he has obtained a permit for such display from the town manager. It shall
be unlawful for the holder of such a permit to fail, neglect or refuse to
comply with the terms of such permit in conducting or presenting an exhibition
or display of fireworks pursuant thereto. (Code 1985, § 7-15)
·Sec. 34-83. -
Article inapplicable to certain fireworks; use of suchfireworks.
This article shall not apply to the use or the sale of sparklers,
fountains, Pharaoh's serpents, caps for pistols, or to pinwheels commonly known
as whirligigs or spinning jennies.
The fireworkslisted in
subsection (a) of this section may only be used, ignited or exploded on private
property with the consent of the owner of such property. (Code 1985, § 7-16)
State Law reference—Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 59.1-147.
·Sec. 34-84. -
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty
of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, be punished by confinement in
jail not to exceed 12 months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000.00, or both
such fine and imprisonment. (Code 1985, § 7-17)
State Law reference—Penalty for violation, Code of Virginia, § 59.1-145.
no matter how breathtaking fireworks are or how easy they appear to use, they
are potential fire starters. The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries
and property damage is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.
Abingdon’s West Main Street sees changes
with old sign, new businesses
83-year-old sign painter to restore a
piece of Abingdon history
ABINGDON, Va.— New businesses are
breathing new life to West Main Street in downtown Abingdon. The town has long
been known for its unique historical character, with brick sidewalks and
original brick buildings. Now a group of
businesses, old and new, are participating in a façade improvement project
sponsored by Abingdon Main Street and the Economic Development Authority. As
part of the project, a local business owner is restoring the original sign on
the side of 280 W. Main Street – and he’s hired 83-year-old Carl Jessee to do
The fading and peeling paint of
an old general store sign on the east side of the Market Place Building on West
Main Street is getting new life from the 83-year-old sign painter. To achieve
an authentic look for the sign, which is believed to have originally been
painted in the 1950s, Lane asked Bristol Sign Company owners Carl Jessee and
his son, JJ Jessee to oversee the restoration.
Bobby Lane, owner of the Market
Place Building and Wolf Hills Antiques, wants to preserve a piece of the past
on a block located west of Cummings Street, and improve his visibility at the
same time.Wolf Hills Antiques is one of four new businesses to open on West
Main Street in the past year, and curb appeal is at the forefront of business
owners’ minds to bring in new customers.
New businesses on the same block include the
bakery 149 Sweets, salt therapy center Salt of the Earth, and The Candy
The Jessees’ and the Lanes’ goal
to improve the facade the Market Place Building lines up with the goals of many
business owners and community members in Abingdon, Va. The non-profit Abingdon
Main Street in partnership with the Economic Development Authority is
sponsoring a façade improvement grant program that will offset costs for local
businesses who want to repair and upgrade their storefronts.
The non profit organization
Abingdon Main Street is focused on making downtown Abingdon a place that people
want to shop, dine, and stay. Abingdon Main Street has acquired grants and
sponsorship for facade improvement, and will implement the grant program as a
pilot in 2017, in anticipation of expanding it in years to come.
“One of Abingdon Main Street's goals is to help
business and property owners preserve the unique and welcoming atmosphere of
our downtown area and to also improve and update it when necessary. Part of our
work is to direct resources to them to achieve this goal,” said President of
Abingdon Main Street Scott Sikes.
Repainting the faded old sign will be in addition
to basic improvements to repair, repaint and freshen up storefronts.
“We didn’t want to get rid of
it,” said Lane,“ but it’s an eyesore. Since this is an antique shop, we decided
to restore it. We don’t want it to look too fresh, though. We want to make it
Painter Carl Jessee has two signs
in the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. He carved the totem pole that
resides in Sugar Hollow Park and has done sign work for the Bristol Motor
Speedway. Carl opened Bristol Sign Company
in 1969, and has 65 years experience in the field. The Jessees have extensive
knowledge about how wall signs such as the one on the Market Place Building are
painted.Carl is now retired from the sign business and owns an art and
frame shop in Bristol, Va. For more information on the
façade improvement project, email email@example.com.
Abingdon's Thursday Jams concert moves indoors tonight The Marcus King Band with opener The Get Right Band perform at Wolf Hills Brewing
Abingdon, VA -- Due to the forecast of rain and thunder, Abingdon's Thursday Jams concert moves indoors to the rain location, Wolf Hills Brewing. The Marcus King Band performs, with opener The Get Right Band. Music starts at 7pm, and the concert is still FREE. Food provided by Toni's Hawaiian Tacos, and the bar will be open.
For more info call the Abingdon Visitor Center at (276) 676-2282
Abingdon is Celebrating Independence Day Extravagantly
ABINGDON, Va.—On Saturday, July 1, 2017 downtown
Abingdon will be alive with an All-American Independence Day Extravaganza. This
free event takes place at the Abingdon Market Pavilion and along Remsburg Drive
in downtown Abingdon. Free activities include a watermelon eating contest, a
kids’ craft area, historical reenactors, block party with a foam pit, stilt
walkers, antique tractor show, blues concert, and firework finale. Food trucks
will be present to provide concessions.
At 4:00 p.m. the festivities begin with a
watermelon eating contest for those ages 5 to 18. Just like any good watermelon
eating competition, no hands or other unique equipment is allowed to be used.
Potential contestants should arrive at 3:30pm to sign up, accompanied by their
parent or guardian.
Paper Moon Studio will be hosting the Kids’ Craft
area from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can participate in creative craft
projects for free. Activities at the craft area include a drawing mirror, yard
games, and rotating art projects every hour.
From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., historical reenactors
will be celebrating Abingdon’s rich Revolutionary War history and influence.
Join the reenactors at Fields Penn Lawn (corner of Remsburg Drive and Cummings
St.) to learn about the Overmountain Men and their victory at King Mountain.
The block party and foam pit begin at 5:00 p.m.,
just an hour before Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin takes the stage at Abingdon
Market Pavillion to kick off the free blues concert. Bob has played on several
Grammy-winning recordings, won numerous W.C. Handy/Blues Music Awards for his
playing and producing, and is a “Keeping The Blues Alive” award recipient.
At 7:15 p.m., The Nighthawks will take the stage.
Mark Wenner, Paul Bell, Johnny Castle, and Mark Stutso make up the 21st-century
version of the legendary American roots band.
To finish out the night of blues, Steady Rollin’
Bob Margolin will join The Nighthawks on stage to play a special Muddy Waters
The entire extravaganza will end in true American
style with a firework finale at 9:15.
All activities will take place on Remsburg Drive
in downtown Abingdon, either at the Fields Penn Lawn, the Abingdon Market
Pavilion or along Remsburg Drive. Public parking is available in the Municipal
Lot off of Main Street, or on the street as available.
For more information about the free activities and
the bands performing visit abingdonmusicexperience.com.
LOVIN’ CONCERT, SATURDAY JUNE 10
VA – Everyone knows Virginia is for Lovers, and Saturday June 10th,
Abingdon celebrates the love of 20 couples who will get married or renew their
vows at the Summer Lovin’ Concert.
Summer Lovin’ Concert takes place at the Abingdon Market Pavilion in downtown
Abingdon. The festivities will kick off with a joint wedding ceremony at
5:00pm, after which the happy couples and their friends can party to the upbeat
sounds of the Carolina Breakers. No need to get married-the public is
invited to crash this wedding for FREE!
guests can enjoy a free slice of wedding cake while supplies last, and visit
the beer garden for a cash bar (offering beer, wine, and non-alcoholic
beverages for sale). Sponsor Nancy’s Fancys will create the wedding cake, while
sponsor Blue Door Garden is providing wedding bouquets for the ceremony.
couples are legally getting married at the concert, with an additional 11
renewing their vows. One lucky couple also won a free night at The Martha
Washington Inn and Spa for their honeymoon.
Non-denominational officiant Ben Casteel will perform the ceremony.
in Myrtle Beach, SC, theCarolina Breakersare a high-energy band with five lead vocalists and a horn
section covering beach music hits, plus Motown, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Disco,
Beach and various other special requests. Fans of beach music will want to shag
the night away to this upbeat band.
ceremony starts at 5:00pm, concert at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to
the public. No outside alcohol or coolers allowed. Food trucks will be on site.
Proceeds from the beer garden benefit Abingdon Main Street.
Scottish Fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Play Abingdon’s
Heartwood during Mountains of Music Homecoming
Abingdon, VA: Master
Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas will take the stage
at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, June
13 in Abingdon. This concert is part of The Crooked Road’s signature music and
cultural celebration, the Mountains of Music Homecoming.
Alasdair Fraser has been a major
force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland
and the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings,
annual fiddle camps and concerts. His repertoire spans several centuries
of Scottish music and includes his own compositions, combining profound
understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge musical
explorations. His film credits include solo performances on the
soundtracks of several major films, including The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. Fraser has released several critically acclaimed
albums, including the Indie Award-winning Dawn Dance and has contributed to more than fifty acclaimed albums
as guest artist. Fraser performs in
concert as a soloist, with pianist Paul Machlis, guitarist Tony McManus
and skilled cellist Natalie Haas.
Tickets to this concert are available online at www.mtnsofmusic.com, and locally at
Heartwood (276 492-2400) in Abingdon.
Attendees to this concert may also enjoy taking part in other
nearby Mountains of Music Homecoming events, including Celebrate Appalachia, a
series of events celebrating the spirit of Appalachia at the Wayne Henderson
School of Appalachian Arts in Marion, or the Scots-Irish genealogy workshop at
the Damascus branch of the Washington County public library. Hardy hikers who rise early can join in a
9:00 AM hike to Beartown Mountain with the Russell County Health & Fitness
The Mountains of Music Homecoming is an extraordinary nine-day
music and cultural showcase event that stretches across the three hundred and
thirty miles of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. With 26
featured concerts and 130 cultural events, the Mountains of Music Homecoming
invites travelers to follow the music through the heart of the scenic,
culturally rich Crooked Road region. The theme for the 2017 Mountains of Music
Homecoming is The Year We Sang.
The Crooked Road’s 76-page Official Guide to the 2017 Mountains of
Music Homecoming is free and available at all Virginia Welcome Centers, at
Southwest Virginia public library branches, and at Southwest Virginia branches
of New Peoples Bank, the Bank of Marion, and Union Bank & Trust.
The Crooked Road thanks the Abingdon Rotary Club, Guest Services,
Inc., Walt and Janet Crickmer, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Forestland Group,
LLC, WBRF, Martha Washington Inn & Spa, New Peoples Bank, and Hicok, Fern
& Company for helping to make the 2017 Homecoming possible. For tickets,
schedules and more information about all Mountains of Music Homecoming concerts
and cultural events, visit www.mtnsofmusic.com.
Virginia Highlands Festival in partnership with the Abingdon Arts Depot and the
William King Museum of Art announces their 2nd annual plein air paint-out and pop-up gallery to
provide an opportunity for local artists to show their work, highlight all that
downtown Abingdon has to offer, and build support for the Festival’s annual art
On Saturday, May 20 from 10am-3pm artists are invited to come and paint
outdoors throughout Abingdon’s Main Street district. Historic architecture,
quaint shops, and abundant natural beauty provide the backdrop for your
imagination. Artists in all forms of media are welcome, and pre-registration is
required. Please visit the Festival website for the registration link and
detailed information. www.VaHighlandsFestival.org
On Sunday, May 21 from 2-4pm the WKMA hosts a pop-up gallery where the art
created on Saturday will be available for sale. This fast and fresh work is
sure to be one-of-a-kind. All proceeds from the art sale will be shared between
the artist and the Festival in support of its Juried Fine Art prizes. Attendees
will be able to vote on their favorite piece of new work to receive the event’s
People’s Choice prize of $100.
"We are extremely pleased to partner with the Virginia Highlands
Festival and William King Museum of Art in this new and creative project."
said Susan Yates, Arts Administrator at Abingdon's Arts Depot. "The
Arts Depot has proudly housed the Festival's Juried Fine Arts Exhibition each
year since 1990. Future artists that are accepted in the Festival's
shows will certainly benefit from additional prizes and awards generated
through this activity. The entire arts community is strengthened
when our organizations work together."
“We are privileged to give artists the time and space to create new work, and
to give our town access to these artists and to the creative process,” said
Festival Executive Director Becky Caldwell. “In my experience, when you help
create something you’re excited to see it live on!”
In addition to the Arts Depot and the William King Museum of Art, the weekend
event is sponsored by Necessities (266 W. Main St, Abingdon), Anthony’s
Desserts and Zazzy’z Coffee Roasters.
Garden Club is proud to announce that their 18thGarden
Tour will be held on Saturday, June 17th, from 10 a.m. - 5p.m., rain or shine.
Tickets are $10.00 per person and will be on sale starting June 1st
at various downtown Abingdon businesses, including Greer Jewelers at 253 W.
Main Street, and Necessities at 266 W. Main Street. You can also pick up
tickets the day of the tour at the Visitors Center, 335 Cummings Street or at
any of the gardens on display.
there will be seven gardens open to the public for a leisurely, self-guided
tour which will feature: outdoor kitchen entertainment centers, horse paddocks,
a pond with cascading waterfall, a running creek, hardscapes and patios with
specimen trees and an abundance of beautiful flowers, plus the butterfly garden
at Eberhardt Park. The home of William and Kristy Davis will also be open for
guests to view their first floor.
from the event will go toward purchasing plants and flowers for the community
to enjoy at Eberhardt Park, the Blue Star Memorial, the Shakespearean Garden at
the William King Museum of Art, and the Cancer Center at Johnston Memorial
Garden Club was formed in 1927 and has continually been involved in community
education and beautification.
join us for an exciting day of simple beauty in the gardens of several homes for
our Garden Tour.