Anchor Ridge Block Party Outreach at Lee High School

Anchor Ridge will be in Lee County on July 27th, for a Block Party Outreach at Lee High School located at 200 General Lane in Pennington Gap. They will be giving away nutritious food and other provisions to anyone in need as well as sharing the Gospel.
There will be a concert, a cook out, face painting, tons of free gifts for everyone and just a fun event for the entire family. They'll also be giving away thousands of dollars worth of groceries, hygiene supplies, toys, clothes, seasonal footwear, cleaning supplies and household items totally free.
Anchor Ridge is a nonprofit organization based in North Carolina and helping to fight hunger and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the Appalachian Mountain area and beyond.
Dedicated to serving the Appalachian Mountain communities which are some of the poorest places in the United States with most of the coal mines closed. The rate of poverty for children under the age of 18 is roughly 60%. Additionally 40% of homes in the area are considered to be substandard by the US Government.
Anchor Ridge brings the hope of Jesus along with much needed supplies to families by partnering with communities and churches all around the country. To volunteer, donate, partner with or find out more about Anchor Ridge please visit their website at https://anchornow.org/home.
Anchor Ridge Ministries operates under IRS code 501(c)3 for non-profit organizations as an outreach of Josh Paul Ministries. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the charitable law. To request more information, contact them at www.info@AnchorNOW.org.
 

Wise County Town Council Approves Budget and Water-Sewer Rate Increases

According to Town Manager Beverly Owens, recently the Wise County Town Council approved their fiscal 2019-2020 budget; and in a separate four to one vote, the Council approved the new water rates and and other existing rates with only Teresa Adkins opposing the 3% water rate increase.
State funding for the rehabilitation of the Roberts Avenue water tank necessitates the rise in water rates by 3% for the next five years, with monthly in town water rate for the first 1,000 gallons to increase from $15.82 to $16.29. After that, the cost for each additional 1,000 gallons has increased from $6.33 to $6.52. For sewer service if the customer doesn't buy water; the increased price will change from $45.10 to $46.45.
Wise County's out of town customers can expect the first 1,000 gallons rate to change from $23.00 to $23.69. The additional cost for each 1,000 gallon increase will go from the current $9.20 to $9.48.
These increased utility rates will not be sufficient to fund water and sewage operations along with capital projects. They will need more than $321,300 to be transferred from the General Fund to the Water Fund and another $35,550 will be transferred from the General Fund to the Sewage Fund.
The new budget requires the transfer of almost $1.3 million from the town's unbudgeted fund balance with the money to go to several needs. Among the targeted goals will be paying off the debt for the Roberts Avenue water tank rehabilitation, providing local matching funds for various infrastructure projects, funding vehicle and equipment puchases, covering a small portion of general operating costs, and putting aside some funds in reserve for any unanticipated costs that might arise.
 

Taylor Ray Holbrook & Surprise Guest Outdoor Concert

For Taylor Ray Holbrook fans, he and a surprise special guest will be performing an outdoor concert this July 19th at Leeman Field in Pennington Gap with tickets available online and at the door.

Pennington Partners Raise Funds for the No Boundaries Playground Fund

The Pennington Partners recently announced that they raised more than one thousand dollars for the No Boundaries Playground Fund from the Bike, Splash & Dash Sprint Triathlon thanks to the sponsors, athletes and everyone who volunteered to make the event a success.

A Glimpse into Lee County’s Hospital

Recently Ballad Health gave the first peek inside of the Lee County Hospital since it closed it's door in 2013. Ballad Health agreed in January of this year to reopen the hospital after Americore Health failed to do so by its 2018 deadline.
The new Lee County Hospital will be a critical access hospital with an emergency room and ten inpatient rooms that will have a 96 hour or less average length of stay.
Work is underway on a much needed urgent care facility that is supposed to open at the end of September. This facility will operate as a stop-gap measure until the Lee County Hospital finally re-opens.
The hospital is expected to open sometime in late 2020. The construction on the in-patient rooms will begin once federal approval is given.

Dr. Raymond Michael Moore of Wise Charged with Obtaining Drugs Fraudently

According to a Press Release from the U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Dr. Raymond Michael Moore, age 61 of Wise County, and a doctor in Norton has recently been charged with obtaining drugs fraudently amid other related crimes.
Moore is charged in a federal criminal complaint with obtaining Schedule II and Schedule IV substance by with fraud or misrepresentation, failing to maintain proper record for Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substances and for making false statements.
According to court documents, Moore is accused of fraudulently acquiring and possessing hydrocodone tablets, oxycodone-acetaminophen tablets, fentanyl transdermal system, meperidine tablets, lorazepam tablets, tramadol, diazepam, alprazolam and failing to maintain the necessary required records.
Officials executed search warrant at both Moore's home and medical offices and discovered many of the same Schedule II and IV drugs at his home. Authorities allege that Moore was unlawfully prescribing Schedule II and Schedule IV medication to his patients and then keeping the drugs for his own use.
The Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force was responsible for bringing the case about and the matter was investigated by the Roanoke office of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Tactical Diversion Squad. The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant US Attorney Suzanne Kerney-Quillen, a Virginia Assistant Attorney General who is assigned to the Major Crimes and Emerging Threats Unit.
 

Three Nabbed in Lee County on Drug Charges

According to the latest Press Release from Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons, a pursuit and subsequent vehicle search has led to the arrest of three Lee County residents and the seizure of illegal drugs and cash.
The report states that Deputy Chad Rouse was on patrol in the Pennington Gap section of Lee County when he obseved Augustine Macedo of Rosehill, Virginia operating a vehicle. Rouse had knowledge that Macedo was not licensed.
According to Parsons, Rouse attempted to stop the vehicle which fled into the Smith's Chapel area. During the chase Rouse observed items being thrown from the vehicle. The chase ended when the vehicle crashed into a farm plow sitting on a private lawn.
Parsons said that there were two other individuals in the vehicle, Vaness Figueroa of Rosehill and Jessica Fee of Sugar Run Road. A search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine in different sections of the vehicle along with three smoking pipes, scales and $401 in cash. Also another set of scales was found where Deputy Rouse had seen items thrown from the vehicle.
Macedo was charged with Possesion with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Felony Eluding and Obstruction. Figueroa was charged with Possession to Distribute Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Obstruction. Fee was charged with Possesion with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Obstruction.
Parsons commended Deputy Rouse for his good work. Rouse was assisted by Deputy Lt. AJ McQueen and Pennington Gap Officer James Adair.
 

Support Info for Virginia’s Blackjewel LLC Workers

Governor Northam Announces Support for Virginia’s Blackjewel LLC Workers…Important Information below.
UPDATED TIMES
Coal Mining Rapid Response
Virginia Career Works – Norton
1725 Park Ave NW
Norton, VA 24273
Tuesday, July 16
9 am – 11 am
Coal Mining Rapid Response
The Former St. Charles Water Authority Building across from Stone Mountain Health Services
Respiratory Care (Black Lung) Clinic
190 Monarch Road
St. Charles, VA 24282
Tuesday, July 16
2 pm – 4 pm
Coal Mining Rapid Response
Virginia Career Works/Appalachian One Stop Workforce Center
1928 Front Street
Richlands, VA 24641
Wednesday, July 17
9 am – 3 pm
Coal Mining Job Fair
Virginia Career Works/Appalachian One Stop Workforce Center
1928 Front Street
Richlands, VA 24641
Friday, July 19
10 am – 3 pm
Link to Governors Post https://www.governor.virginia.gov/…/headline-841589-en.html…
Impacted employees of Blackjewel can file for unemployment benefits online by clicking the link for the Governor’s announcement. They can also call the Employment Commissions’ customer contact center at (866) 832-2363 or by visiting a local Virginia Career Works Center.
 

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report June 2019

Total calls received by Dispatch: 5,060
Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 907
There were 402 calls dispatched to other agencies.
There were  210 Rescue Squad calls and 55 Ambulance calls.
There were 30 Fire Department calls dispatched.
 Deputies escorted 15 Funerals.
56 vehicles were unlocked for citizens.
Deputies served 57 Felony and Misdemeanor warrants and processed  57  people on 83 charges.
Deputies served 132  subpoenas, 44  show cause summons,
39 Protective Orders and  259 various civil papers for the three Lee County courts.
1 search warrant wasexecuted.
Deputies traveled a total of  59,872 miles with 3,509 miles being on transports.
Deputies transported 1  juveniles, 3  mental health patients and   7 prisoners from other jurisdictions.
Inmates from the Duffield Regional Jail, along with Deputies picked up 571  bags of trash from Lee County roadways.
Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered  88 hours to the community last month.
 
 

K9 Officer Apache of Scott County Sheriff’s Office Alerts on Ohio Couple

K9 Officer Apache is already hard at work and making an impact in Scott County according to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office recent Press Release.
It states that Christopher Steven Bray of Bainbridge, Ohio was removed from a vehicle for Suspicion of DUID. Bray was stopped while driving a gold Mustang on Highway 23 for Reckless Driving and after speaking with and identifying Bray, he was removed and patted down. The pat down revealed a large rolled bundle of currency in his pocket. The Deputy placed Bray’s personal belongings in the trunk of the suspect’s vehicle and the passenger, Lacee Seymour, also of Bainbridge was asked to step out of the vehicle along with two dogs and her nine year old son.
K9 Officer Apache then ran the vehicle and alerted on the passenger door, as well as on the roll of currency in the trunk of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 119.3 grams of what field tested positive as Methamphetamine Schedule II, 15.3 grams of a powdery substance, possibly heroin, various items of drug paraphernalia, a variety of different pill bottles containing multiple schedules of narcotics ranging from Schedule II, III, and IV. The Mustang was also seized as a result of the amount of illegal narcotics found, along with $3,061 in cash.
Bray is charged with Reckless Driving, No Valid Operator’s License, DUID, Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute x2, Possession of Schedule III with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Distribute, Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Child Neglect/Endangerment.
Seymour is charged with Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute x2, Possession of Schedule III with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Distribute, Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Child Neglect/Endangerment.