Football changes

There will be some football games date changes due to Halloween being on a Friday.

The following games will be moved to Thursday.

Clintwood at Eastside

 Harlan Independent (Ky.) at Haysi,

Honaker at Grundy

Thomas Walker at Twin Springs

Lee High at John Battle

J. I. Burton will play Rye Cove on Saturday at 2 pm at Lawson-Fitchko Stadium in Norton.


The following schools will still have their regularly scheduled games on Friday :

Gate City's Mountain District game with Wise Central at Carl Smith Stadium (Virginia-Wise),

Abingdon at Tazewell

Virginia High at Marion.

High School coach

A teacher from Harlan County High School is facing sex charges.

Anthony Nolen, 41 is an English teacher, was the girls' basketball coach until May of this year. He coached high school girls' basketball for about 20 years in Harlan County.

The investigation on Nolan began in May after player on the team complained about Nolan’s cellphone being in the locker room attempting to videotape the girls.

Nolan was indicted on two counts of criminal attempt to promote a minor under 16 in a sex performance and two counts of criminal attempt to promote a sexual performance by a minor under 18.

Nolan is being held in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond. He is due in court on November 6 for his arraignment.


High achievers

There are several schools in Southwest Virginia that has been named high achievers by the state Board of Education.

The following school include.

St. Charles Elementary in Lee County.

Yuma Elementary in Scott County.

Greendale Elementary and High Pint Elementary in Washington County.

Coeburn Primary, Powell Valley Primary, St.Paul Elementary, and Wise Primary in Wise County.

All schools have met all state and federal standards for two years, and have SOL pass rates in reading and math at 60 percent or higher.

Cumberland and Harlan Tourism

City of Cumberland and Harlan Tourism will hold the first annual Blood, Sweat and Fear 5K Obstacle Zombie Run, also the “Craw Dead Festival,” The event will begin at 7 p.m. that evening at the college.

The run will begin at noon at the Benham Little League baseball field, travel down the old rail bed to Cumberland, getting off on Railroad Street, come through that neighborhood getting onto the sidewalk and then traveling across U.S. 119 on the catwalk, travel around the old Cumberland High School and through the neighborhood to end at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.

The event is for ages 14 and up. Bailey said anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent sign and be with them in order to participate. The cost is $35 per individual or $30 for teams of four.

Bailey added the winners of the race will be announced at The Harlan Center at 4 p.m. during the Haunt Fest event at the center featuring “The Walking Dead” cast members Vincent Ward and Jeremy Ambler.

For more information or to register for the event, you may call 606-589-5812 or 606-573-4495 or email at or visit the Website at

holiday bazaar

The annual Harlan County Homemakers "Holiday Bazaar" on Saturday, November 1 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Harlan County Extension Depot in Harlan.

There will a variety of items such as handmade wood crafts, jewelry, baked goods, Christmas ornaments, handmade wooden toys and more.

There is no charge to participant in the event.

For more infomation call 606-573-4464.

Entreprenear Class

There will be an Entrepreneur Class on October 28 at 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Pioneer Center in Duffield, VA.

The topics include: 

·      Basic Business Planning
(Taxes, Budgets, Marketing, Banking, Advertising, Timelines, Schedules)

·      Determining Markets & Potential Clients

·      Where Do I Start?
(Loans, Grants, Start-up, Support, Resources)

·      Appalachian Harvest

·      Local Entrepreneurs in Agribusiness

 The following organizations will be guest speakers at the event:

Appalachian Harvest
Farm Credit
Farm Service Agency
Virginia Department of Agriculture
MECC Small Business Development Center

Local Crafters and Vendors

  Please call the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 to register.        


The Lee County Industrial Development Authority's regular monthly meeting will be held at the Lee County Airport Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

Appalachian Power

Appalachian Power filed a request with the State Corporation Commission to approve six new programs to allow customers to keep their bills low and reducing energy usage and demand.

Four of these programs will help homeowners and the other two will be for commercial and industrial customers.

The residential programs will provide home assessments and incentives for reducing energy, provide cash incentives for removing appliances, give incentives for efficiency building and offer retail rebates for lighting and appliances.

Appalachian Power expects the programs to save more than six million dollars for its 500-thousand customers in Virginia.

Lee High Band

Lee High School Band received 2nd place in the Majorettes category at the University of Virginia's College at Wise band festival. Great job Lee High Band on a great band competition season.

October 24 football

Lee High School 40 – Wise Central 14

Honaker 42 – Castlewood 6

Gate City 33 – John Battle 6

Clintwood 48 – Twin Spring 8

Twin Valley 55 – Rye Cove 14

Marion 42 – Union 14