Ebony and ivory can indeed exist in perfect harmony,
as is proven by this enchanting dog. The dog is a
two-year-old male Shih Tzu mix and he is available
for adoption now at the Buchanan County Animal
Shelter. He is black and white, with long flowing
fur and carries his tail in a high curl. He weighs
around 12 pounds and is lively, alert and handles
nicely and is well-behaved, according to Humane
Society officials. He will be available for adoption
at the shelter until Monday, March 26, 2007. The
shelter, located atop Hoot Owl Mountain, is open
from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The adoption fee is $30 for dogs and $20 for cats,
which includes a free spaying or neutering of the
animal within 30 days of adoption by Grundy Animal
Hospital's Dr. Roy Wright. The animal shelter may be
reached at 935-6580.
Acres Burn in County; Arson Suspected in Several
of Rain, Low Humidity, Wind Contribute to Quick Spread
is being blamed for recent fires in Buchanan County
that have burned 303 acres of land.
local fires were part of a rash of burnings around the
region that saw hundreds of acres set ablaze primarily
in the counties of Buchanan, Lee and Scott, according
to the Virginia Department of Forestry.
addition to the cases of arson in Buchanan County, 90
more acres have accidentally been burned since the
beginning of the month.
arson fires were reported at Home Creek (50 acres),
Smith Branch (12 acres), White Mountain (5 acres), and
Spruce Pine (236 acres), according to county Forest
Warden David Tolliver.
burnings occurred at Hobbs Branch (10 acres, debris
burning), Brushy (40 acres, juvenile) Smith Branch (10
acres, tree on power line) and Motts Branch (30 acres,
officials said a lack of rain, low humidity and high
winds contributed to the quick spread of the arson
time a wildfire is set, it can cause unbelievable
destruction to land, trees and homes and endanger
lives,” said Ed Stoots, VDOF’s regional forester
in Abingdon. “In addition, when we are working an
arson fire, the fire fighters and their equipment are
not available to suppress other wildland fires. This
puts more people and their property at risk.”
arson is felony in Virginia and, when convicted, the
guilty person could serve up to five years in prison,
pay a fine of $2,500 and be liable for the cost of
suppressing the fire.
need the public's help to catch the people who set the
woods on fire,” Stoots said. “Please call your
local Forestry Department or Sheriff’s office with
any information no matter how insignificant you might
feel it is. Your information may be just the piece of
the puzzle that helps us put an end to these criminal
Forestry officials are also concerned about a 34
percent increase in acres burned statewide compared to
the same period last year. Since January, a total of
5,010 acres have burned this year compared to 3,732 in
the trend continues, we could be in for another tough
year," said John Miller, VDOF director of
resource protection. "While we've seen a 12
percent decrease in the number of fires over this time
last year, a 34 percent increase in the number of
acres burned is something that concerns us."
addition, the fires are threatening more homes and
other structures. VDOF records show that firefighters
have already protected 41 percent more homes and 112
percent more other structures (such as garages, sheds,
barns) than this time last year.
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City Founder Jack Smith Dies at 81
Food City Founder
and Chairman Jack C. Smith was remembered last week as a man of
"great vision and wisdom."
died last Thursday at his home in Abingdon following a brief
child of Buchanan County natives Curtis and Elizabeth Belcher Smith,
Jack Smith was a 1942 graduate of Grundy High School and in 1944 was
appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy by U.S. Congressman John
Flannagan. Due to the end of World War II, he graduated the Naval
Academy three years later in June 1947, earning a degree in
Jewell Garland Smith in September 1947 and served seven years active
duty in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Panama and San Diego, Calif. He
returned to his hometown of Grundy in 1954 and opened his first
8,800 square foot Piggly Wiggly store in 1955 with the help of his
father, Curtis; his uncle, Earl Smith; and cousin, Ernest Smith.
with that store opening that the foundation was laid for what one
day would become the K-VA-T Food Stores chain. The letters represent
the three states -- Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee -- in which the
company has operations.
served as Food City's chief executive office until passing the torch
to his son, Steven C. Smith in 2001.
luck would have it, my mother sent me to the store for her one
day," Jack Smith said recently in telling the story of how
K-VA-T first got started. "It was a a small A&P with only
two checkouts and one of those was always closed. I collected the
groceries I needed and then had to stand in line at the checkout 45
minutes. When I returned home, I informed my family I had found my
calling as the town was in need of a good supermarket."
the first in Grundy and then in 1963, Smith added a second store in
South Williamson, Ky., followed by a newly constructed third store
location in Pikeville, Ky., in 1965 and a store in Prestonsburg,
Ky., in 1967. Through the years, the company continued to grow,
acquiring Quality Foods, a 19-store chain in 1984 and adopting the
Food City name there. In 1986, the company acquired 37 White Stores;
and in 1998, added 11 Kennedy Piggly Wiggly locations. Seven
Winn-Dixie stores joined the company in 1999; and in 2006, eight
Bi-Lo locations were added to the store chain.
headquartered in Abingdon, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. operates 95 Food
City and Super Dollar supermarkets throughout the tri-state regions
of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.
The company also operates its own 1.2 million square foot
distribution center and water bottling facility, Misty Mountain
Spring Water, LLC.
Smith was a man of great vision and possessed great wisdom,"
said Jessee Lewis, Food City chief operations officer and senior
vice president. "His wisdom and vision kept our company on the
cutting edge of use of technology and change in the fast-paced, ever
changing food industry. He lead the leaders, taught the teachers and
trained the trainers. In addition to being a very wise businessman,
he was also a true patriot. He loved the United States of America
and was a firm believer in the free enterprise system."
strong sense of community involvement was evident in the
organizations he and Food City supported.
received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including
the Tennessee Grocer's prestigious 1996 Grocer of the Year Award.
on various boards including the Federal Reserve Board of Richmond,
Virginia Food Dealers Association Board of Directors where he served
as president in 1981; president of the National Piggly Wiggly
Operations Association in 1969; and past president and member of the
Grundy Rotary Club. He was also a long-time member of the National
Grocers Association, where he received the 2002 Clarence G. Adamy
"Great American" Award, declaring Smith, "a man of
many accomplishments and a true gentleman. A pioneer and
entrepreneur, providing the foundation and vision to grow Food City
from a small neighborhood grocery story to a modern community
services for Smith were held Monday. Farris Funeral Service was in
charge of arrangements.
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