Bus accident

On Wednesday, March 25, a school bus hit a low-hanging cable line in Martin Subdivision in Jonesville.

The buses have been swerving to avoid the line but when a bus caught the line the impact cuased the pole to bend with the electrical wires making contact. When the wires touched the ground it started  a brush fire.

No one was hurt in the accident and higher poles will be installed .

Hospital Funding

During a public hearing on Wednesday, March 25, the Lee County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to apple for a $700,000 Virginia Community Developement Block Grant for the Lee County Hospital Project.

The funding is coming from $10 million from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, $500,000 Appalachian Regional Commission, and $1 million from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

The grant would be used; Direct Construction/Renovation costs $550,000; architectural and engineering fee $75,000 ; and capital improvement $75,000 for total project $700,000.

Wise press release


March 26, 2015

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 03/16/2015 through 03/22/2015.

Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,752 calls for this seven-day period.
Of the total calls received 400 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office
Total number of Domestic calls for this period was 12.
Criminal Process for this period: Served 57 Felony Warrants, 25 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest.
Civil Process Served: 368 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 8
13 Additional Criminal Investigations were initiated and 16 Cleared by Arrest.
Sheriff’s Office provided 267 man-hours of Court Room Security.
Unlocked Vehicles: 15
Escorted Funerals: 10

The Sheriff’s Office Transported:
1 Adult In State
2 Adults Out of State
1 Mental Patient
0 Juveniles
Total Transports: 4
Total Transport Hours: 30

1,925 Visitors to Courthouse.

Murder in Big Stone Gap

A man from Big Stone Gap is being charged for second degree murder.

On Wednesday, March 25 around 12:30 pm, 23-year old Dylan Anthony Wayne Holbrook, shot 35-year old Kenneth Paul Diets II at an apartment building on 3rd Avenue East in Big Stone Gap.

 Diets was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Holbrook was arrested and charged with second degree murder.  He was taken to the Duffield Regional Jail, where he's being held without bond.

An investigation is looking into the relationship between Holbrook and Diets and leads to what happening in the shooting.



The Lee County Hospital Authority has agreed of a price with Wellmont Health System.

The price for the building agreed upon is $1.6 million.

The authority approved an  amendment to the purchase agreement that bypassed getting an outside third appraisal on the building.

The authority is working with Lee County's banks  and the Board of Supervisors to coordinate financing of the purchase.

They are hoping to close as possible in April.


The Lee County Extension Office is offering "How to" workshops.

On Monday, March 30, the workshop is composting for vegetable and flower gardens. Cost for materials is $5 and sessions are at 10-11:30 am and 5:30 – 7 pm.

Pre School

There is a new statewide pre-school eligbility for the children that will be entering in the 2015-16 year.

For many other counties this would affect the enrollment of students into the programs but Lee County SSchool Superintendent Mark Carter stated that where Lee has combined thei pre school program with Head Start that there Lee County may not be as affected.

The blended pre school and head start programs, the new requirements are based on skills assessment and finances, with those children having the lowest scores filling in empty slots. Before the eligibility of the four-year olds was based on basic needs.

Carter also stated that fewer pre-k teachers would be affected and some may be rerouted to other areas of teaching.

Boil Water lifted


The Boil Water Alert for the South Mountain Community in Pound, VA has been lifted by the Virginia Department of Health's Office of Drinking Water.


The Lee County Public Service Authority had their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 pm.

In the Directors report, the PSA has been working on several repairs at different plants and pump stations, such as Ben Hur Sewer Pump Station and Springs Water Treatment Plants. Those facilities are back to normal operation.

Construction at Thomas Hollow was slowed down because of the snow storm but is back on progress to be completed soon.


The Town of Pennington Gap's Industrial Development Authority will meet on Thursday, April 2 at 2:00 pm in the Pennington Gap Community Center.

For more information call Marie Jones at 276-546-1177