New vehicles

The city of Middlesboro received two new vehicles  for the street and sewer departments.

The city got a new street sweeper and the sewer department received a new truck from Tim Short Chrysler of Middlesboro.

These vehicles are effective to save money for the city.

The sewer truck is a Dodge Cummins Diesel, and has been uplifted with a utility bed for more storage for materials.


U.S Army Concert

U.S. Army Concert Band & Soldiers' Chorus Fall Tour 2014
October 22 7:30 PM Pound, VA
J.W. Adams Combined School Performing Arts Center
FREE – For information call 276-376-4520

Board of Supervisors October

The Board of Supervisors held their monthly meeting on October 21, at 5:00 pm.

During the meeting the President of Mountain Empire Community College, Dr. Scott Hamilton, stated that MECC enrollment is down by 3% and the college also had recent budget cuts.  He also stated that the Pennington Gap Center hold the GED program, the Regional Adult Education Program and MECC entered a partnership, to offer college classes while earning the GED. The program has seen great success out of the program.

Building Inspector, Keith Harless made a proposal to increase fee for building permits compared to neighboring counties prices.  Harless stated that the annual budget is $67,000 with permit fees and the contactor's license tax is $27,000 annually.  The increase would help to offset more of the actual cost.  The Board decided to table the matter to do more research.

Bids were taken for the Sub Hollow Road improvement and the lowest bid was from Glass Machinery. The board approved to go with Glass to do the renovation.

Thank you

The Emma Baldwin Fund was greatly supported across the country. The Wise County Sheriff's Office, Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Office, and Virginia State Police would like to thank everyone that contributing. The Wise County Sheriff's Office stated through social media that "The support received from our region alone was overwhelming. It makes us proud and know that we are blessed to live in such a wonderful area."




Two productions by The American Shakespeare Company will be at the Gilliam Center stage at the University of Virginia's College at Wise on October 25, & 26.
The productions are "Faustus" on Saturday, at 7:30 pm and “Much Ado about Nothing” will be staged on Sunday at 3 p.m. Both are free admission.


In Christopher Marlowe’s tale of the struggle between good and evil, Faustus sells his soul, not for riches but for knowledge and power. In his masterpiece, Marlowe conjures Helen of Troy, the Seven Deadly Sins, angels, demons, and Satan himself, before dragging Faustus to Hell.


“Much Ado about Nothing”

While the villainous Don John devises a scheme to shatter the nuptials of Claudio and Hero, the young lovers conspire to trick Beatrice and Benedick into admitting their much-denied love. In this powerful comedy full of sparkling wit, Shakespeare gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost. He makes us laugh and breaks our hearts, then magically puts them back together again.

For more information, visit or call 276-376-4520, the plays are sponsored by Pro-Art Association and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Cultural Arts Series.

Pennington October Meeting

The Town of Pennington Gap held their monthly meeting on Monday, October 20 at 6:00 pm. 

Council had a public hearing about the ordinance of hybrid dogs within the town.  No one spoke about the subject and the council adopted the ordinance.

The Fire Department Chief Brian Skidmore discussed about the building updates.  The building has taken longer to complete due to the weather, and that a company is donating all of the wall materials to finish with the bathrooms to allow for the fire department to move into the building once those are complete.

Council approved to have a public hearing at next months meeting to amend the current ordinance on sales of alcohol, wine and beer which does not all to be sold on Sunday.

This is allow the town residents to speak for or against the current ordinance on whether or not to sell on Sundays.

Pennington Gap Meeting

The Town of Pennington will have Public Hearing and Council Meeing on Monday, October 20th at 6:00 pm at the Municipal Building.  The Public hearing is on Ordinance Regarding Hybrid Canines and a Council Meeting following the hearing. 

Ebola safeguard

Governor Terry McAuliffe is working with multiples state agenices to put in a safeguard against any spread of the Ebola virus in Virginia.

McAuliffe is having first responders being properly trained to treat Ebola patients and that state hospitals are able to provide potential care.

The Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the state police, and the Virginia National Guard are some of the agencies that are working on the safeguard.

Football Scores

Friday Night Football 10-17-14

Thomas Walker 56, Rye Cove 28

Gate City 13, Lee High 12

Lebanon 37, Castlewood 16

Eastside 16, Twin Springs 13

Union 29, Wise Central 22

Clintwood 35, J I Burton 0

Weekend events

The Tobacco Festival beauty pageant will be held at Lee Theatre at 5pm on Saturday, October 18th.
Contact Nancy Woliver 276-546-2638

The Homecraft Day Festival will be at Big Stone Gap on October 17-19 at Mountain Empire Community College.

Mountain Empire Haunted Forest is every Friday and Saturday night in October opening at 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 per person.