Across the line in Harlan County figures released by Kentucky show an unemployment rate of 15%. The coalfield counties facing a slump in mining all had high unemployment rates with the lowest in Bell County at 13.6 per cent and the highest in coal-rich Leslie County with Kentucky’s worst jobless rate of nearly 16 and a half per cent.
A large scale roundup of drug suspects was launched on Friday. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office started the operation at 7am and their intention was to round up 37 suspects on 99 criminal drug charges. The indictments of all these suspects were handed down under seal by a Lee County Grand jury last Wednesday, and numerous suspects were taken into custody and being processed by 8:30 Friday morning. The Friday operation followed a year-long drug investigation involving several police departments and the sheriff says it is only a first round of indictments.
The entire state is under a burning ban from now till the end of April when spring rains will make fire less likely. The Virginia burning ban says no one can burn a fire before 4pm each day if the fire is within 300 feet of anything flammable, such as dry grass.
If you know who set wildfires weekend before last that info could earn you 2 thousand dollars. That’s the reward being offer by the Virginia Department of Forestry for the identities of those who set fires in Lee County and Scott County that burned over 450 acres.
'Gathering in the Gap' is a Music Festival in Big Stone Gap and the Artisans committee is asking for individuals to create, display and sell their works at the May 17 festival.
The committee will select artisans who have high quality and outstanding work.
This is an annual festival and is located at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap, and vendor space is limited.
The themes for this year is country, primitive, rustic, shabby chic, vintage, and traditional and contemporary folk art, and all sale items must be in one of these themes.
The items should include mediums such as textiles, handcrafted furniture, metalworking, artwork, jewelry making, original art, pottery, gourmet foods, basket making, instrument making, stained glass, soap making.
Artisans musts agree to sell complete, finished and ready to use products. No unfinished wood kits or patterns, silk flowers or general items made from craft kits will be considered.
A roundup by Lee County Officers of 37 individuals on 99 criminal counts of different charges of drug distribution and manufacture of methamphetamine.
A 12 month investigation involving the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Lee County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Pennington Gap Police Department, and members of the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force resulted in the charges and the investigation is ongoing.
Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons said that the investigation is ongoing and this is only the first found of indictments.
Parsons was proud of all of the hard work by the officers with the drug abuse that continues to be a major problem within the county.
Parsons stated that he knows that the public gets frustrated with the drugs and that law enforcement are doing that they are doing everything they can to get the dealers off the streets.
The Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing will present a free Adobe Photoshop workshop for beginners tomorrow. It will be in the park theater and will show those just getting started with Photoshop some of the limitless ways it can enhance and transform photographs. Starts at 2.
Three weeks ago, fire destroyed the home of Betty Gilley on Silver Creek Road in Big Stone Gap. Betty Gilley the widow of legendary gospel singer Harold Gilley who died last year. Now Betty Gilley has written an angry newspaper letter to the editor blaming whoever is responsible for making sure the hydrants are working. She writes that there was no water in the hydrant nearest her house and that she lost everything because of it. She calls on Big Stone Gap to find out why the the hydrant wasn’t working and says, quote—It makes me sick to live in a town that is so inconsiderate of its people. She asks that anyone thinking of donating to her donate instead to the Elmo Honeycutt family who lost their home on the same day in East Stone Gap.
On Saturday any girl that doesn’t have a prom dress is invited to the Clintwood High School Library to try on dresses to be given away free. Former Clintwood student Kenzie Hall created a non-profit called Pay it Forward, Kindness Counts, and it collects formal dresses to give girls that might not be able to afford them. The only condition for taking away a dress is to promise to do something nice for somebody else. Clintwood High Library Saturday from noon to 4.
Students from The University of Virginia's College at Wise will be conducting oral histories, interviews and scanning photographs and other important documents from the years of 1930's, 40s, and 50s. The projects will be taking place in St. Charles and surrounding coal communities.
The UVA Wise students came on February 8th, and toured St. Charles and will be coming back on March 22nd to the St. Charles Community Center to conduct the interviews.
If anyone has any photographs of the town in it's Golden Years or would like more information please contact Brian McKnight at email@example.com or call 276-346-4574.