Friday, December 14, 2018



Town Solid Waste trucks will not run on Monday and Tuesday, December 24th and 25th and Monday and Tuesday, December 31st and January 1st.  Solid waste and recycling normally collected on those days will be collected on Wednesday, December 26th and Wednesday, January 2nd.

From December 26th thru January 4th trash or large boxes in excess of your rollout cart capacity may be set out for collection.  Please remember not to place anything on top of or within 3 feet of your cart. LOOSE TRASH, OTHER THAN LARGE BOXES, MUST BE CONTAINERIZED (placed in bags or cans) for collection.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the holiday installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2018 exhibition series

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the holiday installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2018 exhibition series, with a debut exhibit of photo realistic acrylic paintings by Brenda Mask.  Brenda is an emerging artist, hailing from Texas by way of Knoxville Tennessee, whose bold and fresh exhibit is entitled “Be Who You Want To Be”.

Brenda was born in Trinity, Texas but raised in Fairfield Texas. Brenda reveals in her biographical sketch, “Fairfield is in Southeastern Texas, between the David Crockett and Sam Houston National Forests.  When I grew up there, it was a little one horse town of about three thousand people that had only one stoplight, and I don’t know why it had that one.” She grew up a small town girl, graduated high school, got married and settled down to raise a family.  After the birth of her four children she began to feed her fascination with images using the photography medium.  During that time in Texas, Brenda’s life got upended.  She divorced and in 1991 she visited the Great Smokey Mountain National Park for the first time.  After falling in love with Tennessee, she moved to Oak Ridge where she eventually became a freelance photographer for the Oak Ridge Newspaper where she photographed local sports and dignitaries at the Oak Ridge National Lab. She found love again, remarried and settled in Knoxville, Tennessee. Having dabbled in art early in life, she resumed painting after being inspired by a friend from Arkansas, who paints mostly landscapes and uses oils, Brenda though,  was never inspired to create landscapes but is drawn to painting people using acrylics.

In her Artist’s Statement, Brenda reveals I am the model for most of these works of art.  Because, as her favorite artist, Frida Kahlo, once said, ‘I am the person I know best’.”   Brenda further reveals, “I set up a photo shoot in my studio, do self portraits and then draw and paint the images!  All I need to do for inspiration is open my closet! My bold and fresh Retro Chic images are mostly headless, which is the inspiration for the theme of the show, ‘Be Who You Want To Be’. The paintings could be anyone.  They could be you”.  

Be Who You Want To Be will be celebrated with a holiday gala reception and art talk by Brenda Mask, to which the public is cordially, invited, on Friday, 14 December from 7 - 9:00 PM, in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, 152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia.  Be Who You Want To Bewill hang, and be offered for sale, through 31, January 2019.   The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon’s main street historic district.  Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit for further information.

Photo #1: “Party’s Over”, acrylic by Brenda Mask

Photo #2: “Sweetaholic Girl”, acrylic by Brenda Mask

January 4, 2018 Town Council Meeting Notice

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Albert Hash Memorial Band & Logan Fritz Featured at Heartwood

 Albert Hash Memorial Band & Logan Fritz Featured at Heartwood

Abingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents the Albert Hash Memorial Band & Logan Fritz in concert on Thursday, December 13th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA. This concert is part of The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood.

The Albert Hash Memorial Band program has been a part of Grayson County Schools since its inception at Mt. Rogers School in 1982 up to the present day at Grayson Highlands School and Grayson County High School. Generations of musicians are carrying on local traditions at present and hopefully for generations to come. Emily and Martha Spencer are the instructors at Grayson Highlands School.

Logan Fritz is a singer-songwriter from the heart of the Appalachian mountains. Influenced by the traditional style of the Carter Family, and inspired by the lyrical poetry of Bob Dylan, Logan’s music is a blend of timeless classics and contemporary styles. An Abingdon native and a product of the Birthplace of Country Music and the illustrious Barter Theatre stage, Logan is never happier than when he is on stage sharing a song.

The Crooked Road Music Series takes place each Thursday at Heartwood. The series features youth artists each 2nd Thursday along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Thursdays to showcase Southwest Virginia performers. The Crooked Road Music Series is sponsored by Heartwood and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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. As part of The Crooked Road's Thursday night live music, the Heartwood restaurant features delicious southern BBQ to make for an unforgettable food and music experience. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).

More information can be found at The Crooked Road website,, and at For additional information, please call (276) 492-2409 or email:

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Pedestrian Safety Action Plan - Announcement of Funded Projects

The Town was awarded 1 of 2 PSAP projects in the Bristol District.  PSAP stands for the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.

Our winning project was to upgrade the pedestrian crosswalk on Russell Road at the baseball fields.

EDA Meeting Notice for December 13, 2018