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April 21, 2014

Wolf Creek Indian Village welcomes new manager

BASTIAN, Va. — One of the region’s brightest marketing communications students will get the opportunity to apply her skills to promote one of Bland County’ Va., most popular tourism destinations — Wolf Creek Indian Village & Museum in Bastian.

Rachel Looney, a Bland County native, 2006 graduate of Rocky Gap High School, who earned her undergraduate degree from Bluefield College, started working as manager of the Wolf Creek complex on April 16. As a student at BC, Looney served as a reporter, writer, columnist and designer of the school’s newspaper, The Rampage, was a two-time recipient of the Shott Excellence in Media Student Scholarship, completed a two-year internship with the BC marketing and public relations department — all while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average in communications studies.

“I’m still in the very early stages of learning how I can best serve the Indian village and museum,” Looney said. “I’m looking forward to being able to use my degree, to meet new people and to promote tourism in Bland County.”

Looney grew up in South Gap, Va., and remains very active with Bastian Union Church. She and her husband, Jordon Looney, a Liberty University graduate, reside in Bland County. In her spare time, Looney makes YouTube videos of her father, Mike Reed, an expert in the use of primitive weapons. The site she created, “Bland County Survivorman,” has had nearly two million hits and boasts 9,000 subscribers.

“I don’t think I can remember visiting the Indian village on any school field trips,” she said. “When I was young, I came here with my family.” She said that an Indian chief was traveling through the area last week, visited the Indian village and talked with the staff. “He explained a little of the history,” she said. “It was interesting.”

After graduating from BC, Looney has worked for the county. During her five years with the county, she has advanced to the position of Deputy I of the Commissioner of the Revenue and also served as a clerk in the county treasurer's office.

“Rachel was an outstanding student at BC, excelling and overachieving in everything she did,” Chris Shoemaker, BC director of public relations, said. “She was dependable and had a tremendous work ethic, not to mention just a sheer joy to be around with such a humble and gracious personality.”

Bland County Administrator Eric Workman said he is happy that Looney has accepted the new challenge. “We are excited to bring Rachel on board and we look forward to seeing the Wolf Creek Indian Village continue to grow, as well as tourism as a whole in Bland County,” Workman said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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