Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will hold their October meeting on October 2 at 6:00 pm at the Courthouse.


The University of Virginia's College at Wise received a $25,000 grant to convert a campus house into an environmental field station for student and faculty research.

Preston Sloane, manager of the Dominion's power plant near St. Paul was present to present the check to UVa-Wise.  This new station will help the students to spend more time researching and on classroom learning due to the station will be adjacent to the wetlands that are on campus.

Show your support

The Lee County Hospital Authority will be hosting a public hearing on October 8th at 7:00 pm in the Lee High School auditorium.

The proposed idea is to use the former Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, and would include 25 beds, a C-T scanner, a mobile M-R-I unit and two operating rooms.   

The project is expected to cost more that 12 million dollars and more than 8 million of that will have to be borrowed from the Virginia Resources Authority.

The county needs to show its support by coming and packing out the auditorium.

Pound, VA shooting

A boy in Pound, VA is being charged with first- degree murder but not being tried as an adult after allegedly shooting his 24 year old half brother.

The shooting happened early Monday morning September 29 in Pound.  The 15 year old boy may have acted justifiably, when the first of two "back to back" 911 calls from the home stated that the 24 year old was trying to set the house on fire, the second call was reporting shots fired.

Investigation is still continuing. The 15-year-old was taken to an area juvenile detention center on Monday



The Lee County Navy JROTC was presented with a $1000 check from the American Legion Lambert Fleenor Bays Chapter, Post 185, Jonesville, VA to go towards unit fundraising activities.

Former Lee NJROTC Senior Naval Science Instructor Charlie Bunch, of American Legion Post 185, presented the check on Thursday, September 25, 2014

Press release

From a press release by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Two Lee County men of Jonesville were arrested during a search warrants for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Jordan Stevens, 21, and Neal Tartar, 25, was charged with Possession of a schedule II narcotic, manufacturing methamphetamine, and possession of a mixture of ingredients for the making more meth.

This has been a month long investigation by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.Officers had a search warrant of the residence home, when officers found two meth labs.

Found 4 grams of finished products meth along with ingredients for more meth production, and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Both men are being held Duffield Regional Jail without bond.

Parent abduction

A woman from Wise County, VA is being charged with criminal abduction/kidnapping of her own children.

Lisa Cantrell and the three kids (17 year old James, 12 year old Lexi-Ann, and 9 year old Victoria), Pound, Virginia  was found in West Virginia after Wise County Sheriff's Office received information that they may be in danager.

The father is the three children has full custody. The children are now safe with family and Lisa is facing jail time.

Micronic Technology

Micronic Technologies is a water treatment technology company that will be temporarily expanding into a wing of the Appalachian American Energy Research Center in the Lonesome Pine Technology Park until the permanent facility is complete.

Micronic Technologies and The University of Virginia's College at Wise received a $2 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

Micronic has their corporate headquarters and R&D operations in Wise County since June 2014. 

The partnership between UVA-Wise and Micronic will allow for many different resources to be expanded on and have an economic boost within the region.



Harlan bike race

The Harlan County Tourism Commission discussed plans for a bicycle race for the first Friday in October.

The race will be named the Martins Fork 42. This is a pre-ride to the Summit Race on October 4.  Martins Fork 42 begins at noon on October 3 and starts at Tractor Supply in Harlan and going on a 42 mile trek to Smith Park.

For that weekend these other events are going on, Swappin' Meetin, the Summit Race and the Harlan Cruise In.

Wise Attorney running for commonwealth

Wise Attorney Charles H."Chuck" Slemp III announced that he is seeking to become next commonwealth's attorney in Wise County for the local Republican party nomination.

Current commonwealth's attorney, Ron Elkins will have a new role as Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court judge.  A special election for commonwealth's attorney will be on November 30.

In a statement from Slemp is he "committed to ensuring that Wise County and the City of Norton remains a safe place to live, work and raise our children. We will do that by aggressively prosecuting those who violate our laws.  I will work hard for all our citizens, work closely with law enforcement, combat drugs and stand up for victims."