Lee County Schools start back

Lee county schools start back up on Monday August 18. Take extra time to allow for traffic around the schools and through town.

Coal miners appreciation week

Coal miners will be appreciated this week by the Middlesboro mall and The Big One 106.3 WRIL.

Monday August 18 will be the start of the appreciation week. Friends and family members of local coal miners can nominate the miner into different drawings this week.

The drawing box is located at center stage by the Incredible Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory in the Middleboro Mall. Every day a winner will be announced on The Big One 106.3.

Harlan County weekend events

In Harlan County, on August 15 there is a BookMobile Schedule that includes Eastbrook Station, High Rise Apartments and the Dialysis Clinic.

At the Pineville/Bell County Public Library, the Esther Mason will be presenting the "Frugal Friday Series", includes old time skills with a modern twist. On August 15 from 3:30-5:00 pm there will be a program of "Canning Your Produce".  Programs are free by registering at the Pineville/Bell County Public Library. For more information, call 606-337-3422.

Wise Sheriff’s weekly report

The Wise County Sheriff's Office released their reports for the week of 8/4-8/10.

The Wise Office: Served 57 Felony Warrants, 32 Misdemeanor Warrants, 1 DUI Arrest.
Civil Process Served: 425 Civil Papers
Traffic Accidents: 9
Unlocked Vehicles: 22
Escorted Funerals: 5

The Sheriff’s Office Transported:
1 Adult Out of State
2 Mental Patients
2 Juvenile
Total Transports: 5

Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is still in Federal Court in Richmond. 

On Tuesday, the president of TowneBank, testified about Bob McDonnell's application to refinance a loan on one of the two beach rental properties that McDonnell and his sister own.  

The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting dietary supplements made by his company.
McDonnell's initial failure to disclose the Williams loans on bank paperwork is the basis for one of the counts.

Wise County School Board

The Wise County School Board approved on Tuesday during their meeting to ban all tobacco products at school facilities, which includes the football stadium and other outdoor athletic facilities.

Also at the meeting, there is new traffic patterns for the three Big Stone Gap schools. There will be a new second deputy at the new Powell Valley Middle School.


The H.O.P.E Christian Ministries (Helping Other People Excel Christian Ministries), is reaching out to the Appalachia area. There are serveral services that the ministry offers, such as food pantry, clothes closet, elderly/homebound meal delivery, counseling and tutoring.

The ministry began out of seven churches within the area who will be working together to bring a better life to the community.

The food pantry is open on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., and each family is allowed to visit once a month. The clothing closet is open on Thursday from noon to 6 p.m., and each family is allowed to visit once a month.

The elderly/homebound meals are delivered for lunch on Wednesdays.

The facility has had a great response since its opening in July.

On Friday evening at 7:00 pm, the center will offer "Train of Recovery" that is a program that helps individuals to beat addictions.

For more information or to assist with donations or time, visit H.O.P.E Christian Ministries online at hopecm.weebly.com or call 276-431-0331.

August School Board

The Lee County School Board meeting was held on Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm.

With the past hail storm on July 27, 4 of the schools had damage.  St. Charles, Dryden, Elk Knob had minor damage but Pennington Middle School had major damage.  The Greenhouse was destroyed with damaged to the roof and windows of the school building.  Repairs are being done to repair some of the damaged.  With school starting on Monday, Mark Carter stated that everything should be okay to open on time.

The board received the Accreditation Report 2014-2015 school year.  The four schools that had a accreditation warning has come out of the warning and will be fully accredited for this year.  Those four schools are Elk Knob, Rosehill, Elydale, and Jonesville Middle.

Lee County Individuals arrested for meth

A press release from the Lee County Sheriff's Office:

During a search for a fugitive that was wanted by the U.S. Marshals.  The Sheriff's Department found a methamphetamine lab at a trailer in the Dryden area.  Investigators discovered three individuals exiting the trailer, who was later detained for further investigation. Investigators got consent to search the trailer, when evidence of a methamphetamine lab and ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Members of the Southwest Virginia Drug Task Force clean up the lab.

The following individuals were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

 Pamela Ann Begley, age 33; Nancy Reynolds age 55; Joshua Dewayne Begley age 34 and Christopher Bloomer age 45, all of Dryden, Virginia.

All four are being held without bond at the Duffield Regional Jail pending initial court appearances.



The Remote Area Medical (RAM) will be in Lee County on September 13-14 at the Lee County Airport (error in recording).

There are several fundraising going on in the county to help.

On August 16th at 7:00 pm ET- The Extra Terrestrial will be playing at the Lee Theatre and all of
the door admissions proceeds go to RAM.

August 23 a fundraising festival will be at Cumberland Bowl Park in Jonesville . There will be
softball tournaments, 3 on 3 basketball, music, benefit auctions, vendors.

The softball is a double elimination, and starting at 8:30 am. To preregister call Chris Jones at
276-346-7722 by August 18, cost is $125 per team.

Basketball starts at 11:00 am with onsite register, cost $30.

To donate make checks payable to :
Lee County RAM,
PO Box 96
Jonesville, VA 24263