Honaker Girls Win State! Off to Florida!!
Where: Ft. Myers, Florida
When: July 26th - 30th
The Honaker Girls’ Junior League Softball Team won the Virginia State Championship and are off to Florida to represent the state of Virginia in the Southeastern U.S. Regional Tournament July 26th – 30th in Fort Myers, Florida. All our best to these outstanding athletes!
Amy Cook Joins Our Staff
Where: Royal Oak Branch, Marion
When: Last Week
Amy Cook of Marion has joined the staff at our Royal Oak Branch as a teller. Amy is a graduate of Marion Senior High. Hazel Wagoner, Branch Manager says, “We are happy to have Amy join our team and not just because she is a great baker!” Amy reportedly brought very tasty baked goods to share on her first day of work,
Where: Rural Retreat Lake Pool
When: August (Date TBD)
The next “Dive-In” Movie at the Rural Retreat Lake swimming pool will be in August. On “Dive-in Movie nights, pool staff transform the pool into a swimmable movie theatre. Children two and under are admitted free and there is a $4 admission price for everyone else. Contact
Wythe County Parks & Recreation at 276.228.4500 for date, time and details.
4-H Horse & Pony Club Meeting
Where: Smyth County Extension Office
When: August 7
The Smyth County 4-H Horse and Pony Club will meet Thursday August 7th at the Smyth County Extension Office at 6:30 PM for learning, riding, and hands on events with equine from local communities. Levels of learning are from elementary to advanced. Participants must be at least in the 4th grade to participate in this club. For more information, contact the Smyth County 4-H Office at 276-783-5175 or Club Leader Julia Jones at 276-782-8888. Participants do not have to own a horse.
Crooked Road Youth Music Series
Where: Heartwood in Abingdon, VA
When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays
The Crooked Road Youth Music Series features youth music performers and showcases venues of the Crooked Road region. These events, along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month, are hosted at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway at I-81 Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at thecrookedroad.org and at heartwoodvirginia.org.
Smyth County Jam
Where: Chilhowie Lions Club
When: Monday Evenings
The Smyth County Jam is a musical event that showcases musicians and singers in the surrounding area while teaching musicianship and encouraging the development of new talents. Jams are held every Monday at the Chilhowie Lions Club. Details at smythcountyjam.com
D.A.R.E Golf Tournament
Where: Holston Hills Community Golf Course, Marion, VA
When: August 22
The Smyth County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E Golf Tournament is set for Friday, August 22 at Holston Hills Community Golf Course in Marion, VA. Information is available at 276-781-2332.
Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer
Where: Damascus, VA
When: July 25 & 26
The Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer raises awareness and much-needed funding for research for all rare cancers is set for Saturday, July 26 with a kickoff dinner Friday, July 25. The event has raised over $375,000 in just three tears. You can help. To find out how, go to
Battle of Saltville
Where: Saltville, VA
When: August 15 -17
The 150TH Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Saltville will be observed August 15 -17 at the Old Battlefield on Well Fields Road in Saltville, VA. This historic battlefield re-enactment is nationally famous. Information is available at www.saltville.org and at
Let’s Go Fishing for a Cure
Where: Hungry Mother State Park
When: July 26th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
is a childhood cancer awareness event scheduled for July 26th at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion. See letsgofishingforacure.com for more information and help support awareness and childhood cancer research.
Song of the Mountains
Where: Downtown Marion, VA
When: August 2nd
Another great Song of the Mountains Concert and taping for public television at the Lincoln Theatre in Historic Downtown Marion, VA happens Saturday, August 2nd at 7:00 pm. The Crowe Brothers are featured, along with Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad, A Deeper Shade of Blue, Annabelle’s Curse and Mipso! songofthemountains.org
7th Annual Tractor Show
Where: Abingdon, VA
When: July 24 - 26
A restored 1941 Farmall Tractor will be given way at the Old Glade Antique Tractor Association’s 7th Annual Tractor Show. The show runs from July 24 through 26 at the Fairview Homestead on Hillman Highway in Abingdon. We’re the proud main sponsor of this growing event. It’s a preliminary event to the upcoming Virginia Highland’s Festival. vahighlandsfestival.org
2014 Bano Bash
Where: Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA
When: August 23 & 24
It’s official. 2014 Bano Bash is scheduled for August 23 & 24 at Hungry Mother State Park. Bano Bash is the major fundraiser for the Eric AlbanoYouth Soccer Foundation in Marion. The annual event is filled with team and individual sports competitions and proceeds go to support youth soccer and scholarships.
Check out www.banosoccer.com