Tobacco festival

Tobacco Festival is on Saturday, October 25.

The parade starts at 3:00 pm at Pennington Middle School and ending at Lee Bank.

The annual Pancake Breakfast will begin at 7:30 am and end apoxminentaly around 10:30 am at First United Methodist Church in Pennington.

Harlan ARH is providing a health screening program beginning at 9 am.

Cycling for a Cause will begin at 11 am at Lee High School.

Live Entertainment

10 am – Calvary Baptist Church Youth Choir

10:40-11 am – Calvary Singers

11:15 – 12 noon- Not Ashamed, Woodway Church of God

12:30 – 1:05 – Butch Williams

1:15- Badd Habbitz

2:15- Town Branch Bluegrass

Pepper Eating Contest

On Stage downtown At 12 noon
Contact Chris Parsons At “Better Burgers” for contest rules

Antique Tractor & Small Engines Exhibit

Southwest Antique Tractor Association will exhibit antique tractors in the downtown area from 9am-parade time.  All tractor enthusiasts are welcome to participate.

Car & Bike Cruise In

Lonesome Pine Car Club will host a car and bike cruise in, at Subway

Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cook-Off will be hosted by Pennington Gap Fire Department and cooking beginning at 11 am and must be done no later than 12 noon.
Contact Brian Skidmore

Rowlett Road Race (5k)

The Steven Rowlett Memorial Road Race began as an idea between Rick Watson and Steven Rowlett with the two runners agreeing that a race should be included among the activities of the Lee County Tobacco/Fall Festival.
The 25th annual Steven Rowlett Memorial Road Race will be held on Saturday, October 25 with the race start and finish at Lee Bank,
41371 West Morgan Avenue,
Pennington Gap, VA 24277.

Wise Sheriffs reports

Wise County Sheriff's Office released their weekly report for the week of 10/13- 10/19.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,636 calls
Of the total calls received 368 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 8.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 17 Felony Warrants, 39 Misdemeanor Warrants, 0 DUI Arrests.
Civil Process Served: 336 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 2
17 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 17 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 190 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 16
Escorted Funerals: 5

The Sheriff’s Office Transported:
1 Adult In State
0 Adults Out of State
2 Mental Patients
2 Juveniles
Total Transports: 5
Total Transport Hours: 47

Lee Theatre

The Lee Theatre is up and thriving.  Tony Lawson, stated at the Pennington Town meeting that many schools will be using the theatre for movies and educational events. People are also reserving the theatre and the community center for Christmas events.

On Saturday, October 25, Lee Haw II is already sold out, an encore presentation will be on Monday, October 27, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and are going quick.

Beetlejuice and Halloween Costume Dress-Up – October 31 7:00Pm. A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.  Rated PG. Sponsored by WSWV. Tickets $5

Bluegrass Legend Larry Sparks – Friday November 7th 7:00 PM

funeral home burnt down

A funeral home was burnt down in Castlewood on Wednesday, October 22.

There was nothing much the St. Paul Fire Department could do once they arrived on the scene. The fire was mostly in the back of the building, but was too dangerous to enter.

What caused the fire is still unknown but there were no people or bodies in the building at the time.

Photo ID required to vote

Election day is November 4, there is a state required photo ID that will be needed at the polls.

When going to the polls bring one of the following items.

* a valid Virginia driver's license;

* a photo ID card issued by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles;

* a valid U.S. passport;

* a valid employee photo ID card;

* other government-issued photo ID card;

* or valid college or university student photo ID card from an institution of higher education in Virginia.

For those who might not have one of those acceptable forms of identification, contact your local voter registration office for a free ID card. For more information, visit or call 1-800-552-9745.


New vehicles

The city of Middlesboro received two new vehicles  for the street and sewer departments.

The city got a new street sweeper and the sewer department received a new truck from Tim Short Chrysler of Middlesboro.

These vehicles are effective to save money for the city.

The sewer truck is a Dodge Cummins Diesel, and has been uplifted with a utility bed for more storage for materials.


U.S Army Concert

U.S. Army Concert Band & Soldiers' Chorus Fall Tour 2014
October 22 7:30 PM Pound, VA
J.W. Adams Combined School Performing Arts Center
FREE – For information call 276-376-4520

Board of Supervisors October

The Board of Supervisors held their monthly meeting on October 21, at 5:00 pm.

During the meeting the President of Mountain Empire Community College, Dr. Scott Hamilton, stated that MECC enrollment is down by 3% and the college also had recent budget cuts.  He also stated that the Pennington Gap Center hold the GED program, the Regional Adult Education Program and MECC entered a partnership, to offer college classes while earning the GED. The program has seen great success out of the program.

Building Inspector, Keith Harless made a proposal to increase fee for building permits compared to neighboring counties prices.  Harless stated that the annual budget is $67,000 with permit fees and the contactor's license tax is $27,000 annually.  The increase would help to offset more of the actual cost.  The Board decided to table the matter to do more research.

Bids were taken for the Sub Hollow Road improvement and the lowest bid was from Glass Machinery. The board approved to go with Glass to do the renovation.

Thank you

The Emma Baldwin Fund was greatly supported across the country. The Wise County Sheriff's Office, Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Office, and Virginia State Police would like to thank everyone that contributing. The Wise County Sheriff's Office stated through social media that "The support received from our region alone was overwhelming. It makes us proud and know that we are blessed to live in such a wonderful area."




Two productions by The American Shakespeare Company will be at the Gilliam Center stage at the University of Virginia's College at Wise on October 25, & 26.
The productions are "Faustus" on Saturday, at 7:30 pm and “Much Ado about Nothing” will be staged on Sunday at 3 p.m. Both are free admission.


In Christopher Marlowe’s tale of the struggle between good and evil, Faustus sells his soul, not for riches but for knowledge and power. In his masterpiece, Marlowe conjures Helen of Troy, the Seven Deadly Sins, angels, demons, and Satan himself, before dragging Faustus to Hell.


“Much Ado about Nothing”

While the villainous Don John devises a scheme to shatter the nuptials of Claudio and Hero, the young lovers conspire to trick Beatrice and Benedick into admitting their much-denied love. In this powerful comedy full of sparkling wit, Shakespeare gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost. He makes us laugh and breaks our hearts, then magically puts them back together again.

For more information, visit or call 276-376-4520, the plays are sponsored by Pro-Art Association and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Cultural Arts Series.