Hail Damage

With the Severe storm that hit the Southwest Virginia region on Sunday, July 27; the hail damage was the biggest part.  Many cars, and houses were damaged by the tennis and softball size hail.

The hail damage estimates kept the Cumberland Automotive extremely busy. The business just opened in the Pennington Gap location on July 28. 

This was a central location for insurance estimates.

Cumberland Auto observed around 150 cars, with many from the hail damage.  They are working on a first come, first serve basis.  Cumberland are also doing temporary glass repairs, and writing estimates.  In a few more day, they will be staffing PDR repairs. There is still job opportunities open, to apply go to Virginia Employment Commission in Norton, 276-679-9413

Wanted!!!

**WANTED**

ADAM SCOTT MITCHELL, age 30, is currently wanted by the Wise County Sheriff's Office and United States Marshals Service. He is a fugitive from justice with active criminal charges for failing to register as a violent sex offender, grand larceny, and petit larceny. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact the Wise County Sheriff's Office at 276-328-3756 or your local law enforcement agency.


 

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<p>Adam Scott Mitchell, age 30, is wanted by Wise County Sheriff's Office for Failing to Register as a Violent Sex Offender, Grand Larceny, and Petit Larceny. If you have any information on his whereabouts please contact the Wise County Sheriff's Office at 276-328-3756 or your local law enforcement agency.

Teachers discount

Wal-mart has started a new discount program for teachers purchasing school supplies.

The Teacher Appreciation week is July 25-31.  Teachers receive 10-percent discount/rebate on classroom supplies purchased during that week. Purchases are only valid in store

The teachers can visit www.walmart/teachers to register their receipts by August 15. The rebate will be returned by an eGift card via email with a 10% savings

Continuous to Hospital

As a continuous to the Lee County Hospital Authority meeting on Thursday, Sheriff Gary Parsons stated that there is a tremendous need for a hospital and has been keeping a log of the emergency calls and the individuals’ loss due to the county not having a hospital.  He also stated that the Authority is the representatives but the community is mainly responsible for getting and keeping the hospital.

Representative Tom Clark, stated that there are still a lot of steps that need to be taken.

Steps they are working on:

Getting control of the facility

Approval by Commonwealth of Virginia

Getting the petitions of 25,000 people in the county

Once approved, getting the license and accreditation

Clark also stated that Lee County has a very good chance in their application approved for a critical need of a hospital.

The hope for the new hospital is to have 25 beds, and a 24-hour Emergency Room.  The Authority will not know until December whether or not the application is approved.

Once the hospital is approved, they will start to hire after December. Clark stated all of the staff that is needed for the hospital is all in Lee County.

If everything goes according to plan, the expected date for the opening of the new hospital is July 2015.

Free wellness clinic

There will be a Free Wellness Clinic on Friday and Saturday July 25, 26 at Harlan County High School hosted by employees of The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The clinic on Friday is 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Saturday’s clinic is 10:30 am to 6:00 pm.

There are several events such as music, bookbag giveaway, kids events

Individuals can receive free physicals, eye glasses, podiatrist exams, dental exams and work, medical equipment, inhalers, sugar and diabetes checks and hygiene awareness.

Also offered is: clothing, shoes, personal and oral hygiene products, nutritious meals for winter and free haircuts.

Terry Kilgore about Hospital

On Thursday, July 24, 2014, Delegate Terry Kilgore and representatives of the Lee County Hospital Authority held a public meeting to discuss the progress of Lee County getting a hospital back.

About 50 Lee County citizens stood in the Lee County Courthouse awaiting the arrival of the members.  A banner was presented stated “Lee County needs a hospital!”

Hospital Authority chairman, Sonny Martin stated that the goal is to get the hospital to be owned and operated by Lee County, and the citizens of Lee County needs to show their support.

Petitions needs to be signed, so that the Virginia Department of Health will approve the application for an urgent need in the county for a hospital.

To sign the petition and show your support, visit supportleehospital.com, also like their page on Facebook.

Terry Kilgore stated “I am excited about having and reopening the hospital”, also that we can do this together and that it is important for the citizens to sign the petitions and show their support.

Free School Supply

 The Glades in Wise is having a free school supply giveaway on Saturday, July 26 beginning at 9:00 am.  It is a first come, first serve basis.

Terry Kilgore meeting about hospital

There will be a public meeting with Terry Kilgore and others at the Jonesville Courthouse steps on Thursday, July 24 at 1:00.  The meeting is about the opening of the Lee County Hospital.

 

American Graffiti

1950's and 1960's will be coming alive at the Lee Theatre on Thursday, July 24, at 7:00 pm.

Roger and Tiger's Deli is sponsoring the movie, American Graffiti. The Deli will have activities beginning at 3 pm with a special $5 plate lunch.  The Cruise-In and rock & roll reunion will move to the Lee Theatre at 5 pm.

Admission for the movie is $5 per person.

For more information, contact Coleman at 276-546-6511

27 individuals convicted this week

This week at the Lee county Courthouse, There was nearly 80 percent of secured convictions from individuals who was a part of a large-scale drug roundup.

27 of the 36 individuals indicted back in the March grand jury, which made 72 felony drug offenses total.

The work for the roundup was done by Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force and the Virginia State Police.

The following individuals have already been convicted and sentenced in Lee County Circuit Court:

  • Billy Bowen, 27, Duffield — manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine
  • Pamela Carder, 41, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Elisha Caudill, 25, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule II drugs
  • Truman Caudill, 50, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule II drugs
  • Justin Collinsworth, 30, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Billy Frank Crabtree, 52, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule II and III drugs
  • Daniel Crabtree, 26, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Michael Shane Cress, 48, Big Stone Gap — distribution of Schedule II drugs
  • Leonard O'Dell Deitz, 39, Dryden — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Boyd Dinsmore, 46, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Aaron Matthew Hall, 21, Dryden — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Billy Harber, 52, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule II drugs
  • Gary Keith Herron, 53, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • David Holmes, 35, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • David Michael Howard, 55, Dryden — distribution of Schedule II and III drugs
  • Heather Lawson, 23, Duffield — manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine
  • Jamie Lawson, 22, Pennington Gap — conspiracy to distribute Schedule III drugs
  • Darrell Martin, 53, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Rocky Overton, 44, Rose Hill — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Virginia Roberts, 38, Pennington — distribution of Schedule II and III drugs
  • Eddie Robinette, 50, Duffield — manufacture marijuana
  • Charles Skidmore, 62, Dryden — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Casey Smith, 41, St. Charles — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Shawn Stapleton, 30, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Priscilla Sturgill, 28, Pennington Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Angela Young, 39, Rose Hill — distribution of Schedule III drugs

Convicted but awaiting sentencing is:

  • Kristina Spears, 34, Big Stone Gap — Distribution of Schedule III drugs

Individuals awaiting trial:

  • Garney Spears, 33, Big Stone Gap — distribution of Schedule III drugs
  • Scotty Ward, 37, Duffield — distribution of Schedule II drugs