IDA Seeking Suggestions for Job Fair Employers

The Lee County Industrial Development Authority’s recent job fair was attended by more 150 people. The event was so well received and successful, the IDA plans to hold another job fair in late October or early November. They are asking for suggestions on which regional employers job-seekers would like to be present at the next event. No employers can forced to participate, but if you have a suggestion, go to the Lee County (VA) Industrial Development Authority Facebook page and comment on who you would like to see at the next job fair.

Lee County Sheriff’s Report- August

Total calls received by Lee County Dispatch Office 7,201.

Total calls received, deputies responded to 857.

There were 378 calls dispatched to the Fire Warden, Conservation Officer, V.D.O.T., Juvenile Services, Department of Social Services, Animal Control, State Police and the Towns of Jonesville and Pennington Gap Police Departments.

There were 212 rescue squad calls and 7 ambulance calls.
There were 26 fire department calls dispatched.

Deputies escorted 21 funerals.

Deputies unlocked 39 vehicles for the citizens.

Deputies served 137 felony and misdemeanor warrants, 218 Subpoenas, 48 show cause summons and 256 other civil papers for the three Lee County Courts. Deputies served 46 protective orders.

Deputies processed 94 people on 137 charges in the month of August alone.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Executed 5 search warrants.

Deputies traveled a total of 67,181 miles with 1,579 miles being on transports.

Deputies transported 2 juveniles, 5 mental health patients, and 3 prisoner from other jurisdictions.

Inmates from the Regional Jail along with Deputies picked up 489 bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Officers worked a total of 112 Community Volunteer hours this month.

Pennington Gap Rescue Squad Report

The Pennington Gap Unit of the Lee County Rescue Squad reported 147 calls for the month of August covering 5,530 miles. The fire department was called in to assist in 5 of those calls. Four patients were flown by AirEvac 88 Helicopter.

Fair Entertainment Lineup

Wednesday School Spirit Night Wear Your School Colors Kids Get In Free

Beauty Pageant & Photo Contest 6:00 PM

Cumberland Horse Association Events Nightly 7:00 PM

Thursday Family Night FREE ADMISSION

Virginia Egg Council Sponsored Dessert Recipe Contest 5:00 PM

Gospel Music Night Sponsored By WSWV 6:00 PM

Booth Awareness TBA

Cumberland Horse Association sponsored Kids Horseless Rodeo 7:00 PM

Friday Antique Tractor Pull 6:00 PM

ATV Drag Racing 6:00 PM

4H Sponsored Youth Poultry, Rabbit, and Hog Show 6:30 PM

Cumberland Horse Association sponsored Fun Horse Show 7:00 PM

Amateur Talent Contest Registration Starts 6:00 Show 7:30 PM

On Stage Badd Habbitz Band 9:00 PM

Saturday Antique Tractor Show All Day

“Thunder Road Themed”
Demolition Derby 5:30 PM

Cumberland Horse Association sponsored Team Roping 7:00 PM

Wednesday – Friday – Gates Open At 4 PM – Midway At 6 PM

Saturday – Gates Open At 12 NOON – Midway At 6

Extension Office News

The Daniel Boone Soil & Water Conservation District and Lee County Extension Office will be hosting a Pasture Walk on September 10th at 6:00 pm at Stickleyville Community Center. The meeting will highlight the scope of conservation work done in the head of the Wallen Creek’s watershed. A discussion will also be held with guest speakers on what landowners should know when trying to decide to harvest timber. A farm tour will take place following the meeting. Dinner will be provided to those who register by Sept 9th. To register or if you have any questions call the Daniel Boone Soil & Water at (276) 346-0501 or Lee County Extension Office (276) 346-1522

4-Hers will be selling Virginia Grown Peanuts for their competitions including Virginia State Fair. Orders due September 30th to the Extension Office. Delivery is mid October.
Roasted in Shell (Salted)- $15.00 for 5 lb bag
Raw Shelled- We will include a recipe card for boiled peanuts and peanut brittle.- $15.00 for 5 lb bag
Peanut Brittle (20 oz tin)- $15.00
Honey Roasted Peanuts (22 oz tin)=$15.00
Cajun Peanuts (22 oz tin)=$15.00

“Big Stone Gap” Movie Celebration October 10

Adriana Trigiani, author of the book-turned-film “Big Stone Gap” announced Friday that following the movie’s premier on October 9th, a celebration will be held to honor and thank the town for their support. Trigiani said in a news interview Friday that the celebration is to show gratitude to the town for pushing to have the movie made there and for participating. The celebration will take place on October 10, the day after the movie’s release and preliminary details include a community pancake breakfast, a 5K run on a route that will pass many of the actual filming locations, a parade through the middle of town with several area bands, floats honoring the movie’s extras and many other themed floats from school, civic and other organizations, all based on people and places depicted in the book and movie.Also scheduled is a ticketed reception at the John Fox, Jr. House to meet with some of the stars if the film. A reunion for the many extras will be held at the June Tolliver House and Trail of the Lonesome Pine theater, and a community block party will feature an actual red carpet walk down Wood Avenue for many of the local actors and main characters. Again that event will take place on October 10th.

Lee High Beats Thomas Walker 58-14

Lee High beat Thomas Walker Friday night at the Five Star Stadium with an impressive showing winning 58 to 14. Thomas Walker will play Harlan at home this Friday September 4th while the Generals travel to Lebanon.

Dessert Contest New at Fair This Year

A new contest sponsored by the Virginia Egg Council will be held at the Lee County Fair this year.
The Come for Dessert Contest will take place this Thursday, September 3rd at 5 p.m. Any dessert qualifies including pies, cakes, custards, beverages, cookies, brownies, candy, and more. For contest rules and more information visit the Lee County Fair facebook page.

Norton Police Detain Murder Suspect in Traffic Stop

Norton City Dispatch received a call last Thursday just before 10 p.m. to be on the lookout for a reckless driver who was harassing another motorist. The call reported that the driver had made multiple attempts to stop a woman in her vehicle, including running her out of the roadway and stopping in front of her. Officers responded to US 23 and located a maroon 2010 Infinity G37 with Florida registration that was confirmed as the suspect vehicle. Officers pulled the vehicle over on Route 58 going East and ordered the driver from the vehicle. A search of the car revealed multiple firearms.
A DMV check on the vehicle confirmed that it belonged to James Terry Colley, Jr. of St. Augustine, Florida who is wanted as a suspect in a double murder case out of St. Johns County Florida. Colley was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with driving under the influence, refusal of a chemical test, and a fugitive warrant was obtained on the murder charges out of Florida. Colley is being held in the Duffield Regional Jail without bond.

Clinch River Food Festival

The Scott County Extension Office, Extension Leadership Council, and Master Gardeners in cooperation with Natural Tunnel State Park will be hosting the first annual Clinch River Food Festival on September 4th from 2-8 p.m. with a Celebrate Local! dinner following at 7:00. Local farmers and vendors will be on site from 2-6 p.m. with local products. The second annual tomato tasting will be held at 3:30, and highlights over 15 varieties of heirloom tomatoes.

A dinner highlighting local products including lamb, poultry, and vegetables will be held at 7 p.m. at a cost of $25 per plate. Dinner reservations are required, and can be made by contacting the Scott County Extension Office at 276-452-2772 before 5 p.m on August 31st.