Wise County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Their Newest K9 Team

According to a statement issued by the Wise County Sheriff's Office:
The Wise County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome and congratulate their newest K9 team, Sgt. Ryan Vanover and K9 Roane.
K9 Roane is a 19 month old Belgian Malinois from Holland and the team just graduated a five week International Police Work Dog Association school in Knoxville, TN. Sgt. Vanover and K9 Roane became certified in Single Purpose Patrol, which includes, Apprehension and Tracking.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported and gave generously for our K9 Fundraiser.
The following business contributed money towards the K9 Division as follows:
Dominion Energy
Food City
Randy Partin Construction
Mountain Motor Sports
A&A Enterprises, Inc.
Southwest Insurance
Wise County Shrine Club
VA-KY Communications
Sykes Enterprises
We would like to thank David Burgess at Innovative Graphics for hosting a T-Shirt Fundraiser, which helped tremendously for the purchase of the new K9. Also we would like to say how thankful we are to everyone who purchased or helped sell a K9 shirt for the fundraiser. We sold over 200 shirts and are still available to be purchased at Innovative Graphics in Norton, VA.
We would also like to thank the individuals who contributed to the K9 Unit. There were multiple individuals who donated and we are so grateful and very appreciative of their gift.
The Wise County Sheriff’s Office strives to keep our community safe and we believe the K9 program is essential in helping us achieve this goal.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Save Another Life

On April 23, 2018 Wise County E-911 Dispatch received a call of a possible overdose in the Dwina area of Wise County. Deputies responding found a 49 year old female barely breathing and unconscious. Deputies administered 4 MG of nasal Naloxone (Narcan). The female began taking deeper breaths after only a few seconds but remained unconscious. Castlewood Lifesaving Crew responded and transported the patient to Mountain View Regional Medical. A Sheriff’s Office employee contacted the family to check on the status of the patient and were advised that she was awake and responding well.
This is the third such incident in which Wise County Sheriff’s Office Deputies have administered Naloxone and all three patients have survived. The Sheriff’s Office received Narcan from Adapt Pharma in December of 2016 and deputies have been trained to carry the lifesaving drug that is the only known antidote of opioids or synthetic opioids. The Sheriff’s Office has also been instrumental in training other local law enforcement and service agencies to recognize and respond to opioid overdose and to administer Naloxone.

How Can 17 yr olds Vote in Virginian Elections

Virginia law allows 17 year olds to register to vote, as long as they will be 18 yrs old on or before the next general election. They also are eligible to vote in any upcoming primary elections.
All this week, students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to hold voter registration drives at their respective schools. According to the State Education Secretary this voter registration drive allows an opportunity to prepare students to be engaged in the process and become thoughtful citizens.
The deadline to register to vote in the primary elections on June 12th is May 21st. Additional information is available on the Department of Election's website that will help students and teachers in their voter registration efforts, here's a convenient link to their website https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/index.html

Wise County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 680

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 680 is a youth organization affiliated with the National Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life Program that is designed to assist young people in preparing for the future. Along with instructing in the understanding of all areas involved in the law enforcement profession, it’s also their goal to build on the Explorers themselves. They accomplish this by building their self esteem, maturity, discipline and responsibility.
This year round program with meetings every Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm. Generally held at the Wise County Justice Center located at 5606 Patriot Drive in Wise, Virginia, they do change locations occasionally so if you’re interested in becoming an Explorer or finding out if the meeting location is different this week you may contact them at (276) 328-3566.

Amanda Danielle Bryant of Lee County Arrested on Multiple Charges

A traffic stop Sunday evening ended with the arrest of a Lee County woman along with the seizure of drugs and a weapon. According to Lee County Sheriff Gary Parson, Deputy Jeff Smith stopped a vehicle in the Shavers Ford area of Lee County for having a defective tail light. Inside the vehicle were two males and a female.
According to Parsons the occupants were acting suspiciously which resulted in a request to search the vehicle, which was granted. Parsons said that when the female got out of the back seat it was discovered she had been sitting on a loaded .38 caliber revolver. A further search of the woman's bag resulted in the discovery of 33 grams of methamphetamine, 15 grams of marijuana, along with numerous pills, scales and baggies.
Parsons said that 29 year old Amanda Danielle Bryant of Old Mill Apartments in Pennington Gap, Virginia was charged with
Possession of a Schedule 1 Narcotic with Intent to Distribute,
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
2 counts of Possession of a Schedule 4 Narcotic with Intent to Distribute,
Possession of a Firearm while in Possession of Illegal Narcotics, Possession of a concealed weapon,
and Public Intoxication.
Bryant is being held in the Duffield Regional Jail without bond. Sheriff Parsons said that Deputy Smith was assisted by Deputy Mason Cook and commended both of them for a job well done.

LENOWISCO Health District Diabetes Classes

The LENOWISCO Health District offers information on the Basics of Diabetes and medications, Nutrition Basic, Glucose Control, Activity and Stress, along with How to Eat Smart and Charge Your Lifestyle.  Anyone can attend these free educational classes and everyone is encouraged to take one or more of their tele-education classes.
At these two hour classes you can hear and learn from Certified Diabetes Educators on how you and your entire family can live healthier and manage your diabetes better.
Registration for these classes is encouraged however it is not a requirement.
LENOWISCO Health District Diabetes Classes Dates are:
Basics of Diabetes and Medications 1-3 pm on September 4th, 2018
Nutrition Basics 1-3pm September 11th, 2018
Glucose Control, Activity and Stress 1-3pm September 18th, 2018
Eat Smart, Change Your Lifestyle 1-3pm this Tuesday April 24th and September 25th, 2018
These free tele-education classes are offered by the LENOWISCO Health District Virginia Department of Health, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Green Way Trail Clean Up Event This Saturday to Celebrate National Earth Day

The Town of Pennington Gap along with local Scout troops are inviting everyone the weekend of National Earth Day to pitch in and help clean up the Greenway Trail on Saturday, April 21st 2018. They’d like to encourage individuals and groups to show up tomorrow morning and join them with the clean up project that runs from Leeman Field to the Riverbend Shopping Center. Show up early because the first 100 volunteers will be given a free participation t-shirt.

Boy Scout Troop 333 , and Girl Scout Troop 404 will be doing their part in the endeavor. The Girl Scouts will contribute flower boxes as part of the beautification process, while the Boy Scouts agreed to do monthly maintenance of the Greenway Trail as their contribution.

The cleanup of the Greenway Trail would benefit greatly with additional support of all ages from the community. Volunteers could assist in picking up trash, handing out drinks and refreshments, hauling trash away or many other ways of contributing to the overall process.

Interested individuals may contact the Town Hall at 276-546-1177 to find out more on how to help including what supplies or gear is beneficial.
Some of the necessities would include utility type vehicles, trash bags, bottles of water, wading boots, pick up sticks, and people with tools and skills related to construction. Those wanting to may also contact Reuille at 276-393-0754 or Eldridge at 276-971-3533.

Lee County Drug Court Golf Tournament Tomorrow Morning!

Returning for the third year this Friday April 20th at the Cedar Hill Country Club is the Lee County Drug Court Golf Tournament. This tournament will be a Captain’s Choice Scramble consisting of four person teams. Registration costs are $60 per person or $240 per team, with lunch provided and prizes awarded. Sponsorships of holes are available at a cost of $100 per hole with all monies raised to benefit the Lee County Drug Court Program which offers an alternative to incarceration for drug addicts that have committed nonviolent crimes because of their addiction.

The Drug Court Program saves money while providing a strict treatment program that requires a maximum degree of individual accountability as an alternative sentencing for drug addicted defendants.  Participants have to put in a lot of hard work during their regimen of substance abuse treatment, intensive supervision and ancillary services that is primarily designed to break the revolving door cycle of dependency.

The Lee County Drug Court Program requires all participants to find employment and successfully pass regular drug screenings. Participants are also required to repay their fines and associated court costs along with performing community service. Ultimately the Program is designed to protect community safety, improve public health, hold offenders accountable and see drug free babies delivered.

Interested individuals, groups or businesses that would like to register for the event or sponsor a hole should contact the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office at 276-346-1921.

Lee County Board of Supervisors Meeting Tonight at 6pm

The regular monthly meeting of the Lee County Board of Supervisors is scheduled for this evening April 17th at 6pm in the General District Courtroom of the Lee County Courthouse located in Jonesville.

Before You Dig Dial 811

The State Corporation Commission of Utility and Railroad Safety cautions everyone to call the national number 811 before you dig in your yards or fields. Calling 811 connects you to VA811, which is the Commonwealth’s one call notification center open Monday-Fridays from 7am until 5pm, excluding holidays. Emergency notification service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Before you excavate or demolish anything it’s wise to learn more about the Commonwealth’s damage prevention program by contacting the State Corporation Commission Office’s Division of Utility and Railroad Safety at (804) 371-9980 or visit their website at www.scc.virginia.gov/urs/mutility/index.aspx
Skipping these precautionary steps could result in serious consequences that might mean loss of essential utility services, physical injury or worse.