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When a Meadowview woman had trouble finding caregivers for her young grandchildren, she did what any grandmother would like to do. She started her own preschool and day care to help her own daughters and other mothers in the area receive reliable child care.

When public schools across the country opened to a new school year, administrators knew they would face challenging issues — from battling the dangers of COVID-19 to the wearing of masks in classrooms. But many likely didn’t realize that a bus driver shortage would complicate things.

EMORY, Va. — When 22 year-old Maggie Crutchfield walks across the stage at Emory & Henry College’s commencement exercises Saturday, the student will be among 15 family members who have graduated from the liberal arts college.

Described as a selfless servant in the community, Rob Goldsmith has led People Inc. of Virginia to become one of the largest, most effective community action agencies in the country. After joining the organization in 1978 at the age of 27, Goldsmith will retire as president and CEO of People Inc. at the end of the year.

Customers always are pleasantly surprised to visit Woody and Amy Tuell’s tables at the Abingdon Farmers Market. And with good reason. The Abingdon couple is involved in a diverse variety of wares that offers something for nearly everyone.

Visiting Nancy Johnson’s art studio is like taking a visual journey. For nearly 20 years, Johnson has been a resident artist at The Arts Depot in Abingdon, where she shares stories from the past — heart-warming family stories she heard as a child from the lap of her mother and stories of slavery that sometimes make her uncomfortable to tell.

A group of teens who were home during their college break are being praised for helping save an Abingdon man’s life. It was definitely a case of being in the right place at the right time, said 19-year-old Spencer Buddington, who, along with his friends, is being dubbed a hero.

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GLADE SPRING, Va. — A local photographer is focusing on the beauty of her surroundings to bring hope and joy to people during the coronavirus pandemic.

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An Abingdon young woman has learned firsthand what it means to walk a mile in someone’s shoes. In fact, Cosette Moormans, 21, recently walked close to 200 miles to raise awareness for the people of Latin America where she; her younger sister, Tess; and her father, Mark, served as volunteers a year ago.

Rhonda Morris has just one thing to say to her clients when their barber shop conversations turn to the COVID-19 vaccine. “I tell them, ‘Look at me. I’m fine. Nothing bad has happened to me. I haven’t grown a tail or anything weird like that,’” she said with laughter.

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