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.

Accident in Big Stone Gap

On Thursday morning, October 16, an accident happened at the intersection of Union High School and Powell Valley Middle School turnoff.

The driver of a black Dodge Durango was coming out of Union High School intersection making a left turn on to Powell Valley Road. The Durango was hit in the left side and the driver of the other vehicle left the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was described as a black male driving a black SUV or possibly a black four door Dodge Magnum. If you witnessed this accident or have information in reference to the driver please contact Sgt. Jarrod Aistrop at or 276-328-3566.

Continuous to School Board

As a continuous to the Lee County School Board on Tuesday, October 14.

On Veteran's Day on November 11, 2014, the schools will be holding programs and presentations for the Veterans.

Four schools received the Security Equipment Grant. This grant is used to purchase extra security equipment for the schools.

There is a total 3,145 students enrolled, down 62 students from the same time last year and 3 down from last month.


Harlan Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital and Pineville Community Hospital have received the highest penalty by Medicare for high rates of readmission.

Both hospitals will have a 3% reduction in payments for the fiscal year 2015 and along side these hospitals Middleboro ARH Hospital was assessed a 2.11 percent penalty for Fiscal Year 2015.

Medicare will apply the penalties to payments for patient stays between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015.




Jacob Sprinkle

Lee County High School will host a rare and special ceremony at 5 PM on Wednesday,October 15, 2014 as the title of Honorary Marine will be bestowed posthumously upon Jacob Tyler Sprinkle, a young man who courageously and continually fought a long, hard battle with numerous health issues.

All are invited to attend and support the approximately 30 minute ceremony that will feature Lieutenant General John Toolan, USMC, presenting to Mr & Mrs Rick Sprinkle.

Additionally, the Lee High School choir, band, and Navy JROTC will support the event and the opening prayer will be led by Emery Minton, Jr.

All in the community are invited to attend…

October School Board

The Lee County School Board was held on October 14 at 7:00 pm.

The board recognized John Bost, a Thomas Walker High School Senior, is a Semifinalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Thomas Ellis, Masonic Lodge of Pennington Gap, presented the program, "Gift of Knowledge." They have raised money with other Masonic in Lee County to give each 3rd grade student a Webster's Dictionary. The dictionaries will allow the students to become for confident, better writers, and more confident in themselves.

Pennington Middle School received the highest percentage of attendance for the month of September with 93.822%, and Elk Knob was second with 93.819%.