WSWV News Archive

WCSO to receive grant money for new gun law

The Wise County Sheriff's Office is one of three Virginia counties set to receive about $160,000 in federal funding in return for accepting firearms from people subject to permanent protective orders. The new law says that individuals who are subject to final Family Abuse Protective Orders are prohibited from possessing firearms and must surrender those guns […]

Murderer serving time in Wallens Ridge may have detail about cold case murders

A convicted murderer serving 6 life sentences in Wallens Ridge State Prison has told a North Carolina newspaper he knows details about two local cold cases that have long stumped investigators. Freddie P. Hammer Hammer wrote them a letter alluding to the murders of Timothy Shatley and Julie Lovette. In a correspondence with his attorney, Hammer confirmed his desire to meet […]

Wise call center bringing 500 jobs to the area

A new call center in Wise County will bring 500 new jobs to the area. Frontier Secure, a company based in the growing field of cyber security, is opening a customer call center. Wise County Economic Development Director Carl Snodgrass says Wise and the surrounding area hopes for major growth in this sector. The work will include customer service involving security […]

Deadly Fire in Big Stone Gap

One person is dead after a fire broke out in Big Stone Gap on Saturday morning. The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Pamela Neece. Firefighters from Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire on Skeens Ridge Road in Big Stone Gap just after 6:00 Saturday morning. The call came in as a structure fire […]

Clowns spotted in Pennington Gap

Chief Kilbourne reports that Pennington Gap Police Dept has received numerous calls regarding persons dressed up as clowns. Officers are conducting extra patrols and any person found wearing a mask or covering their faces will be charged. We are committed to the safety of our citizens and their property. Anyone with information regarding the person […]

WCSO Weekly Activity Report

WEEKLY PRESS RELEASE   September 21, 2016   The Wise County Sheriff’s Office reports the following activities for the period of 09/12/2016 through 09/18/2016.   Wise Central Dispatch received a total of 1,667 calls for this seven-day period. Of the total calls received 369 were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office Total number of Domestic calls […]

Stickleyville Haunted House opening October 1st

The Stickleyville Community Center will host the Klondike Hollow Haunted House located at the old Stickleyville school beginning Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. and continuing every Saturday in October & the 28th, 29th ending on Halloween. Admission is $8.00, non-refundable. Snacks will also be available for purchase. The family-oriented attraction serves as a fundraiser for […]

James resigns as IDA Director

IDA Excutive Director has submitted his resignation to Lee County Administrator Dane Poe, effective Thursday, September 15. James gave no reason for the resignation, simply saying he is looking at other opportunities and is not sure if he will stay in Lee County. He gave no further comment.

Bill preserving miner’s health care passes Senate Finance Committee

The Senate Finance Committee voted 18-8 to pass the Miners Protection Act. Senator Mark Warner said in a statement, "Coal companies and the government made a promise to these miners many years ago that we would take care of them and their families after a lifetime of difficult, dangerous work." This is only the first step in […]

McAuliffe awards $6 million in School Security Grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe today awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to protect students and education professionals across the Commonwealth. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in 434 schools and instructional facilities. $57,682 […]