Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens

Wallace Subaru of Bristol stated they will provide free service on a new Outback SUV that was donated to Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, a member of Meals on Wheels that deliver meals to seniors in Russell, Buchanon, Tazewell and Dickenson county to seniors who have trouble leaving their home, as long as the vehicle is in use.

Nutrition Director Leah Call said "This vehicle is going to just make a huge difference in our program. We have some rough terrain. We are 100% rural, so it takes a lot of wear and tear on our current vehicles."

AASC Executive Director, Regina Sayers commented "As an area agency on aging, we rarely get anything new. We recycle everything, so having a new vehicle that is safe and dependable and very reliable is paramount to us being able to make those deliveries on time."

The new vehicle will go a long way in supporting those who deliver meals to make sure those in need don't go hungry. Last year AASC served more than 145,000 meals to nearly 700 people in Southwest Virginia through the program.

USDA Grant to Expand Broadband

A United States Department of Agriculture grant will help to expand  internet services into both Buchanan and Scott counties, according to reports recently issued by Virginia senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.
Each county will receive $3 million from the USDA Community Connect Grant Program to launch Ethernet fibers projects that the senators said will bring quality of life improvements for residents while also boosting economic development and health care services in the respective localities.
Scott County Telephone Cooperative has already earmarked a portion of the funding to link 603 households in the Big Ridge community of Dickenson County, the report said. Buchanan County's share of the grant millions will be used by iGo Technology, Inc., for a project to bring online services to 676 establishments in the grant area.
Federal lawmakers are currently considering an additional $40 billion plan that would expand broadband internet in other rural parts of the United States.
Broadband (commonly referred to as high-speed Internet access) availablility to everyone promises to make life more livable, businesses more productive, jobs more plentiful, and the Internet more accessible.

Gate City Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

Virginia State Troopers are looking into a fatal single vehicle crash in Scott County that happen on Route 613, less than two hundred feet east of Route 682.
VSP Trooper said a 2006 Yamaha VMAX motorcyle traveling on Route 613 ran off the left side of the highway and over an embankment.
Steven B. DePriest age 42 of Gate City was the motorcyclist. Although DePriest was wearing a helmet he died at the scene due to hitting a tree head on.

Lake Keokee Drawdown Begins November 27th

Beginning this November 27th, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries also known as the DGIF will lower the water level of Lake Keokee in Lee County. The lake's level will be drawn down roughly three and a half feet and maintained at that level until roughly the first week of February in 2018.

The purpose of the drawdown is to allow DGIF personnel an opportunity to remove the tops of standing timber that currently make boat navigation difficult and pose a variety of safety hazards. It is hoped that exposing the roots of the shoreline vegetation to freezing temperatures will have the added benefit of helping to reduce the coverage of the water shield in the lake.

During this drawdown period the lake will remain open for fishing, although anglers will most likely be unable to launch boats from the ramp because of the lowered lake water level.
Anyone desiring additional information may contact Jeff Williams, of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at the Marion Regional Office by phoning 276-783-4860

Lee County Planning Committee Public Hearing Tonight

The Lee County Planning Commission will hold two public hearings on this evening, November 15th at 5:00 p.m. of the Lee County Courthouse in Jonesville, in the Second Floor Conference Room (room 208).

The purpose of these hearings:

A.) Property rezoning has been requested by Carl Capps from its current R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Limited Industrial District). The property is located in the Ewing community and consists of .95 acres, and adjoins other M-1 zoned property. Located on the East side of Rt 724 (Sand Cave Rd) and approximately .50 miles North of Rt 58 (Wilderness Rd.)

B.) Property rezoning has been requested by Thomas Pridemore from its current R-1 (Single Family Residential District) to M-1 (Limited Industrial District). The property is located in the Ewing community and consists of .83 acres and adjoins other M-1 zoned property. Property is Located on the East side of Rt 724 (Sand Cave Rd) and approximately .50 miles North of Rt 58 (Wilderness Rd.)

Additional information may be acquired by contacting Community Development Secretary, Cathy Wilder, at 276-346-7766. Access for handicapped individuals is available. If you need special assistance or have questions regarding access, please contact County Administrator, Dane Poe, at 276-346-7714.


Two Arrested in Abdingdon

Two Abingdon residents are charged after police say they broke into a home.
Police say they responded to the 500 block of Norfolk Street just before 9 p.m. Friday night in response to a breaking and entering of a residence.
They said upon arrival, officers found the doors to the mobile home were unlocked. They checked the residence and discovered one room was barricaded at both entrances. Officers said they could hear movement inside the room but couldn't get a response from the people inside.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit and Tactical Team were dispatched to the residence for assistance. When the suspects heard the K-9 unit, officers began to see movement in the underpinning of the mobile home.
Officers removed the underpinning and arrested 21-year-old Kandust M. Garrett and 20-year-old Harvey R. Reynolds, both of Abingdon.
They both are charged with Obstruction of Justice (which means any act that is intended to interfere with the administration of justice which is a federal offense for which the sentence may be ten years imprisonment)  and Common Law Trespassing.

LCRHA Accepting Sealed Bids on 2005 GMC Sierra 1500

Lee County Redevelopment and Housing Authority  is currently accepting sealed bids for a 2005 GMC Sierra 1500 truck with 38,000 miles, until November 25th at 5:00 p.m. You may inspect the vehicle at the Housing Authority office. For additional information you may contact Scott Napier at 276-346-3910  The Lee County Redevelopment and Housing Authority  reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Wise County Doctor Arrested

Close to home, a Wise County doctor who prescribed Ritalin and hydrocodone to an undercover investigator without a legitimate medical purpose pled guilty Thursday to federal health care fraud and drug distribution charges
As part of a plea agreement, 78-year-old Gurcharan Singh Kanwal has agreed to surrender his current medical license and never reapply for a new one. He also agreed to pay $472,500 in restitution to the Virginia Medicaid program.
According to evidence at last Thursday’s hearing, Kanwal knowingly distributed Ritalin and hydrocodone without a legitimate medical reason and beyond the bounds of medical practice to the investigator between September 19, 2016 and February 22, 2017. Kanwal also fraudulently billed Virginia Medicaid for services provided to the investigator, which were not medically necessary or not actually received.
The investigation into Kanwal and the Coeburn Medical Clinic began after agents received numerous complaints that controlled substances were being diverted by employees and patients of Kanwal.

Lee County Board of Supervisors Accepting Sealed Bids

Currently the Lee County Board of Supervisors is accepting sealed bids for the purchase of:
Four new four wheel drive SUVS.
One new 2018 half ton quad cab, two wheel drive pickup truck.
One new 2018 one ton, regular cab, four wheel drive cab and chassis.
All bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Pickup Truck Bid” or “Cab and Chassis Bid”.
A copy of the complete invitation to bid including the minimum specifications is available on the county website at  You may also contact Purchasing Clerk, Jerrica Eldridge-Carter at 276-346-7714.
All bids must be received in the Lee County Administrator office, Room 111 in the Lee County Courthouse P.O. Box 367 in Jonesville, Va 24263  by 2:00 p.m. on November 20th, 2017 at which time they will be publicly opened and read aloud. The County of Lee reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Va Tech Student Threatened

Authorities are investigating threats made against a Virginia Tech student who requested a teaching assistant to be terminated for alleged statements that were posted on social media.
Tori Coan,a Virginia Tech undergraduate drew attention to the Facebook posts made by graduate student Mark Neuhoff. In one of Neuhoff's posts he cites an article that stated "we'd have a better, more just world" if Hitler had won World War II.
Coan after reading the posts, called for Neuhoff to be removed from his teaching position but school officials stated they are committed to free speech.
Since then Coan stated that she has received multiple threatening phone calls and Blacksburg police are investigating the matter.
Neuhoff defended his posts stating they were taken out of context, and that he isn't hateful or violent but was having a nuanced discussion of history.