April 15, 2016

Citizens in the eastern part of Smyth County have taken advantage of daily bus service along U.S. Route 11 connecting several communities. The new service gives residents living along the Lee Highway corridor opportunities to travel for work, shopping and medical appointments. Hikers along the Appalachian Trail have already begun using the service to travel…

April 15, 2016

Smyth County’s 15th annual Older Americans Month (OAM) celebration is set for 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Chilhowie Town Park. The event attracts hundreds of seniors each year for a day of outdoor entertainment, picnicking, information booths, door prizes, and health screenings. The event is free to seniors….

April 15, 2016

The region’s Long Term Care Coordinating Committee is soliciting nominations for the biennial Long Term Care awards to be presented August 3, 2016. Nominees can be volunteers, family members, paid employees, an agency or a facility that has provided outstanding service to people who receive long term care services. Nominations must be received or postmarked…

April 15, 2016

The Lowes store in Wytheville has awarded the District Three Chore Program the 2016 Hero Award. The award will provide the program with over $2,000 worth of lumber this year that will be used to build handicap ramps for qualifying seniors in the service area. There are currently several clients on the waiting list requiring…

April 15, 2016

Driving teams from Wytheville, Marion, and Abingdon were recently honored and received gifts for their safe driving efforts. The Wytheville Area Driving Team includes Harlow Gates, Becky Pearman, George “Doc” Stickel, John Dix, Randall “Rabbit” Paisley, Wayne Fike, Wayne “Dipstick” Ford, Ervin Boles, Stuart Bennett, Ted Miller, Tom Walker, Ernest Osborne, and Area Supervisor Barry…

April 15, 2016

The U. S. House of Representatives has passed the first reauthorization of the Older Americans Act since the legislation technically expired in 2011. It proposed some changes to the Senate version passed last year, so now the Senate has passed the revised version and it has been sent to the President for signature. Details of…

April 15, 2016

District Three welcomes Charles Atkins to its Board of Commissioners. Mr. Atkins serves on the Smyth County Board of Supervisors. He replaces Howard Burton who completed a term on District Three’s Board of Commissioners in December. He joins Adam Kidd of Bland County and Dr. Tom Littrel as the board’s newest members.

April 15, 2016

The transit staff is currently studying two areas to determine possible ways to increase service. The Route 58 Corridor between Hillsville and Galax along with the Greater Abingdon area have been identified as having unmet needs. Both areas are currently served once per week by their respective county systems despite the close proximity to commercial…

April 15, 2016

District Three drivers Deek Bowers, Joyce McKenzie, and Ron Tolley represented the agency in the Community Transit Association of Virginia Roadeo. The annual event was held at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds in the suburbs of Richmond. Drivers from across the Commonwealth tested their knowledge and skills as they competed against other operators of buses and…