Monday, April 30, 2018

7th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival Announced

7th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival Announced

Abingdon, VA – Youth musicians from throughout Southwest Virginia will be featured at the 7th Annual Crooked Road Youth Music Festival on Saturday, May 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon. Fifteen bands and traditional music programs (ca. 200 youth musicians) will perform throughout the day.

The festival will highlight regional traditional music programs including the Accidental String Band, Blue Devil String Band from Grayson County High School, Floyd JAMS, Henderson JAM, Miss Ellie String Band, Montgomery County JAMS, Scott County JAMS, VHCC Old Time String Band, Washington County JAMS, WiseJAMS–Big Stone Gap, and WiseJAMS–Wise. Additional performers include the Mitchell Family and the Yates Family. Readers from The Origin Project will also be featured.

The Crooked Road Youth Music Festival is sponsored by the Town of Abingdon, Heartwood, Jerry’s Signs and Awnings, National Endowment for the Arts, Ratcliffe Foundation, Tazewell Music Club, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Wayne C. Henderson Scholarship Program.

Heartwood - Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway is located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA, and features food, music, and craft of Southwest Virginia. Admission to the festival is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6-12, and kids 5 and under are free.  

For more information call (276) 492-2409 or email:

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Attachments: 7th Annual Youth Music Festival poster and The Yates Family photo, photo credit-Leah Prater

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Exit 19 Smoke Testing

Town of Abingdon Waste Water Collections Department will be smoke testing the sewer system in the East Main Street Exit 19 area, Lee highway area, and the Johnson memorial hospital area. Also Jeb Stuart Highway to Watauga road. Weather permitting on May 1 thru May 11- 2018.
While these tests are being conducted, you may see smoke coming from sewer lines in these areas. This smoke is harmless, but if it presents a problem for you, please notify the crew working in the area or call the number listed below.
Your cooperation is appreciated.

The smoke used for smoke testing is non-toxic and non-staining, but may be irritating to persons and animals. Anyone having asthma or other respiratory ailment should inform the Town of Abingdon immediately at the number listed below.

Town of Abingdon, VA.
Telephone (276) 628-4114
                  (276) 628-3167

Work Session Meeting Agenda 5-3-18

Monday, April 23, 2018

Street Closure: Virginia Creeper Trail Fest 4-28-18

Street Closure Reminder:
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, A Street will be CLOSED from Green Spring Road to Spring Street, from 10 AM to 6 PM for the Virginia Creeper Fest. Also, there will be NO PARKING at the Virginia Creeper Trailhead for the event.
All traffic to and from the Kings Mountain area, Elderspirit, and the VirginiaCreeper Trail parking lot off of Kings Mountain Drive will need to use Spring Street/A Street (east end)/Deadmore Street, or Nicholas Street/DeadmoreStreet, from 10 AM to 6 PM.
For more information on the Virginia Creeper Fest, visit

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Town of Abingdon, VA Personnel Changes

Town of Abingdon, VA

For Immediate Release

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Town Manager, Greg Kelly resigned from his position, effective May 7, 2018. The Abingdon Town Council held an Emergency Called Meeting at 12:00PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 to appointed several acting positions. At the meeting, the Town Council appointed Police Chief, Tony Sullivan, as the Interim Town Manager, and Deputy Clerk, Kim Kingsley as Acting Town Clerk. Both positions are effective immediately.

The Town Council authorized Mr. Kelly to immediately launch a nationwide search for the Town Manager position. Mayor Cathy Lowe ask Mr. Kelly to work with Chief Sullivan, Chuck Banner, Floyd Bailey, Kim Kingsley, and Stacey Reichler to draft the job description and advertise the Town Manager vacancy as soon as possible.

During the meeting, each Town Council member gave the following reflections about Mr. Kelly’s service to the Town of Abingdon, VA:

Mayor, Cathy Lowe- “I have worked with Mr. Kelly since 2006, when he was appointed to the Town Manager position. Greg was first hired as the Town Attorney and was eager to learn to be the Town Manager. The Town has had our ups and downs but I appreciate everything you have done not only in your leadership for the Council but for your leadership for the town employees. I wish you nothing but the best.”

Vice-Mayor, Rick Humphreys- “Thank you for your service; you have been a dutiful leader to the Town of Abingdon. Thank you for your mentorship to the Council; you are a valued member of the Abingdon team. It is regret that I approve your resignation.”

Council Member, Cindy Patterson-“I wish you all the best in everything that you do. God bless you.”

Council Member, Bob Howard- “Greg, I appreciate the job you did as Town Manager, and I thank you for your friendship through the years. I wish you well in your future endeavors.”

Council Member, Wayne Craig- “Thank for everything that you did for the town and I appreciate your service.”

Interim Town Manager, Tony Sullivan, will turn over day-to-day operations of the police department to Lieutenant Jon Holbrook. Lieutenant Holbrook is a graduated of Virginia Tech, has a graduate certificate from Virginia Tech in local government, and has been with the Abingdon Police Department for 14 years.

Pictured: Mr. Kelly

Pictured: Chief Sullivan

Pictured: Lt. Holbrook

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Important Change Information

Important Change Information:

The sewer department advises that the sewer bills have been changed from yellow paper back to white paper. This is due to the payment processing machine being able to read the bar codes better.

This change is effective April 2, 2018 (or current month billing). Please spread the word about this change. Thank you!

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