Season Five

In season five, Save Our Towns follows the town of Marion, and aerial views provide a good look at the mountain valley pipeline construction in southwest Virginia county.

Save Our Towns, Season 5, Episode 1 - The maverick mayor of Glen Lyn

Episode 1:

Glen Lyn’s one-of-a-kind mayor explains his modus operandi, and Save Our Towns mentor Andrew Davis offers his best-yet advice to town leaders.

A bookstore featuring rows of shelves.Episode 2:

In Lewisburg, West Virginia, all signs show that appearances count. Marion, Virginia, preserves its heritage while looking toward a vibrant future. And Mayor David Horton talks about making Radford a well-known gem in the region.

People sit by a pool in ChristiansburgEpisode 3:

Christiansburg, Virginia, bets on a high-priced, high-stakes asset to make a big splash, and Marion looks at a winning scheme to pump up its downtown. Billions of dollars roll into small towns from the USDA. Is your town getting its share? And get an expert tip from the Appalachian Citizen’s Law Center.

Episode 4: 

Save Our Towns goes high above the mountains to see an aerial view of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. But first, the Example of Awesome story comes from Bedford, the first town in Virginia to devote public land to a solar farm. See how its commitment to renewable energy is paying off.

Red building

Episode 5: 

Emergency responders couldn’t get to some residents fast enough to prevent deaths during the devastating floods in 2016, and city leaders in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, weren’t prepared to cope with catastrophe. But city hall mobilized to deal with 75 destroyed homes and other devastation.

Episode 6: 

Danville, Virginia, was characterized in national discourse as a ghost town “left for dead.” But that rhetoric didn’t ring true at City Hall, where leaders saw a different reality unfolding.



Marion street signs

Marion wrapup: 

Accomplishments and setbacks in Marion, Virginia — the town Save Our Towns followed for a year in Season 5.