Thursday, March 14, 2013

Washington County Says No to NHA

E-mailed first by Patricia Evans, edited for format:

"It was a major win for property rights activists last night, Tuesday, March 12th, when Washington County Supervisors voted 5-2 against the impending designation of 19 counties in SWVA Congressional District 9 as the USA's 50th "National Heritage Area", which would effectively put the District under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and Department of the Interior. Following the lead of Wythe and Russell Counties, along with the Town of Rural Retreat, Washington County passed the Resolution of Non-Support. Smyth County supervisors voted to defund The Crooked Road last year.
Abingdon, Virginia is the headquarters of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, the "parent" organization of The Crooked Road and its sister organization, Heartwood Artisan Center. The grant-funded artisan center is currently more than $950,000 in debt, a matter of considerable concern for taxpayers.

Sponsored by Congressman Morgan Griffith and Senator Mark Warner, the impending designation, routinely fast-tracked to passage through Congress with no debate, would have remained unknown to County Commissioners until concerned citizens made the counties aware of this move by The Crooked Road 501c3 organization last August, 2012. The Crooked Road organization, responding to a FOIA request by a private citizen, admits that commissioners of all 19 counties were not advised of this scheme!

Hear the latest update from TRICITIES SUPERTALK 92.9 FM on the STEVE HAWKINS SHOW, starting at 7AM Thursday morning, March 14 when STAR OPPONENTS OF THE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA, Commissioners Bill Gibson (Washington County), Ron Blevins (Smyth County), Bob Gibson (Russell County), Charlie Hargis (Planning Commissioner, Washington County) and Linda Meyer (Wythe County) join Steve to TELL IT LIKE IT IS!!!
 
For more information, contact: 276-274-8304

The Southwest Virginia Tea Party, Abingdon/Bristol/WashCo
www.swvateapartyab.org

Washington County, Va., supervisors say no to national designation for The Crooked Road...
http://www.tricities.com/news/local/article_a52efde8-8b8a-11e2-816d-0019bb30f31a.html

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Catherine Turner adds that the Southwest Virginia Tea Party will be meeting at Moondogs, tonight at 7 p.m.