Continuous to Pennington Gap

As a continuous to the Pennington Gap meeting on Monday, September 15. 

During the meeting a representative from Comcast Cable spoke about the new franchise that will take place within the county.

The new franchise will be named Midwest Cable of the South, which is between Comcast and Time Warner Cable formerly between Comcast and Charter. The agreement will uphold the same contract as the current agreement.  The employees in Norton and technicians of Comcast will remain the same just under the new franchise.

The expected time for the complete change over is by the end of the year or the first quarter of 2015.

The Board approved the consent resolution for the merger.

The Fire Department had a slight set back due to the rain during the week but is expected to be done Mid-November.

‘Let Freedom Ring’

The Lonesome Pine Airport will be presenting 'Let Freedom Ring' that salutes the veterans and is available to the public from 9 am – 5 pm daily now through Saturday, September 20.

There is no admission,  and also presented is the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation;s original C-54, Classic P-51C Mustang, a legendary World War II fighter plane.

The 'Let Freedom Ring' event is an educational, commemoration, and inspiration of the sacrifices that nation's veterans."

Asking for infomation

The Wise County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to identy the male that is posted in the picture. Anyone with information, please contact Deputy Josh Honeycutt at 276-328-3566 or email him at

Wise County Sheriff's Office's photo.



Statzer asked for reconsideration

A man who was sentence to eight years in prison asked the court to reconsider his sentence due to not being in his right mind because he was intoxicated.

Devan Wayne Statzer, 26, Big Stone Gap, was denied the new sentence.  Statzer was convicted in December 2013 for charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Statzer stated that he was on more prescribed medication than recommended and could have done a better job expressing himself. The Commonwealth's attorney stated that there was no difference in December to how he is handling himself now.


Pennington September meeting

The Town of Pennington Gap held their monthly meeting on Monday, September 15 at 6:00 pm.

The Police report stated that they received 198 calls, and 29 Warrants/arrest, 6 summons, and 2 DUI/DUID arrest.

The Pennington Gap department and Lee County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a DEA National Drug Take Back on September 27 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Food City.

Officer Jesse Jones is the new hired officer and started on September 9 and will attend the 103rd Law Enforcement Basic Academy in Bristol, VA in January 2015.

The council approved to lower the sewer dumping fee for Lee County residents to $75.00 per 1,000 Gal.  The original price was $100.00 per 1,000 Gal.

 A project update with the Greenway is that there will be further investigation about separation of lanes for the walking/biking trails.  Eric Price, Thompson & Litton, stated that common knowledge of the road will be used for the trails and will be posted at the trailhead.

Wise power outage

In Wise County on Thursday had a power outage for customers of Kentucky Utilities, parent firm of Old Dominion Power Co.

The outage occured at 5:29 pm on Thursday and power was restored by 9:20 pm .

The reason for the outage is believed to be a transmission line outage but is still under investigation.

A total of 6,750 ODP customers were without power at the start of the outage, including 2,035 in the Clinch Valley area, 1,120 in Dorchester, 1,420 in Esserville, and 2,175 in Wise and surrounding areas.



Man confessing of rape

A man from Duffield was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended for confessing to raping a child.

Charles Edward Burke, 59, plead guilty to single count of rape, he must register as a sex offender.  Burke is also on s supervised probation, and pay a restitution of $493.12 and pay for future counseling for the victim.

The rape happened in May of 2013, and Burke confessed to the rape a few days later.

Wise County schools received high ranking

Wise County school division received high ranking.

Out of 133 school division statewide, Wise County ranked third in the state in overall math (first in 8th grade math), fourth in History, sixth in reading, 14th in science and 38th in writing — overall the sixth ranked academic achieving school system in Virginia.

Wise also ranked top 10 in 15 of 33 state exams and top 6 in 8 state exams.

Ranch Rodeo

The Cumberland Horse Association will be having a Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, September 13th at 7:00 pm.

Team Events:

Chute Dogging, Calf Dressing, Cowhide Race, Cowgirls Barrel Race (Team Event), Calf Branding/Doctoring, Wild Cow Milking

For Kids: Stick horse race, egg toss

Admission is $10.00 per vehicle

For more information contact Jeff Hammonds 276-219-5866, or Eddie Neff 276-298-6607


A Remote Area Medical Health Expedition event will offer free medical, dental and eye care services for adults and children on September 13,14 at the Lee County Airport located just west of Jonesville, VA. 

Dental services will include cleanings, fillings, and extractions.

Eye exams and glasses

Medical service: diabetes screenings, and education, chest x-rays, breathing tests, EKGs, and specialist exams. Pain medicine prescriptions will NOT be issued.

This event is on a first come, first serve basis, and no pets are allowed except service animals, and tobacco free event.

Gates open for parking at 9:00 pm on Friday, September 12.

For more information call 276-346-7714