Pennington September meeting

The Town of Pennington Gap held their monthly meeting on Monday, September 15 at 6:00 pm.

The Police report stated that they received 198 calls, and 29 Warrants/arrest, 6 summons, and 2 DUI/DUID arrest.

The Pennington Gap department and Lee County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a DEA National Drug Take Back on September 27 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Food City.

Officer Jesse Jones is the new hired officer and started on September 9 and will attend the 103rd Law Enforcement Basic Academy in Bristol, VA in January 2015.

The council approved to lower the sewer dumping fee for Lee County residents to $75.00 per 1,000 Gal.  The original price was $100.00 per 1,000 Gal.

 A project update with the Greenway is that there will be further investigation about separation of lanes for the walking/biking trails.  Eric Price, Thompson & Litton, stated that common knowledge of the road will be used for the trails and will be posted at the trailhead.

Wise power outage

In Wise County on Thursday had a power outage for customers of Kentucky Utilities, parent firm of Old Dominion Power Co.

The outage occured at 5:29 pm on Thursday and power was restored by 9:20 pm .

The reason for the outage is believed to be a transmission line outage but is still under investigation.

A total of 6,750 ODP customers were without power at the start of the outage, including 2,035 in the Clinch Valley area, 1,120 in Dorchester, 1,420 in Esserville, and 2,175 in Wise and surrounding areas.



Man confessing of rape

A man from Duffield was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended for confessing to raping a child.

Charles Edward Burke, 59, plead guilty to single count of rape, he must register as a sex offender.  Burke is also on s supervised probation, and pay a restitution of $493.12 and pay for future counseling for the victim.

The rape happened in May of 2013, and Burke confessed to the rape a few days later.

Wise County schools received high ranking

Wise County school division received high ranking.

Out of 133 school division statewide, Wise County ranked third in the state in overall math (first in 8th grade math), fourth in History, sixth in reading, 14th in science and 38th in writing — overall the sixth ranked academic achieving school system in Virginia.

Wise also ranked top 10 in 15 of 33 state exams and top 6 in 8 state exams.

Ranch Rodeo

The Cumberland Horse Association will be having a Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, September 13th at 7:00 pm.

Team Events:

Chute Dogging, Calf Dressing, Cowhide Race, Cowgirls Barrel Race (Team Event), Calf Branding/Doctoring, Wild Cow Milking

For Kids: Stick horse race, egg toss

Admission is $10.00 per vehicle

For more information contact Jeff Hammonds 276-219-5866, or Eddie Neff 276-298-6607


A Remote Area Medical Health Expedition event will offer free medical, dental and eye care services for adults and children on September 13,14 at the Lee County Airport located just west of Jonesville, VA. 

Dental services will include cleanings, fillings, and extractions.

Eye exams and glasses

Medical service: diabetes screenings, and education, chest x-rays, breathing tests, EKGs, and specialist exams. Pain medicine prescriptions will NOT be issued.

This event is on a first come, first serve basis, and no pets are allowed except service animals, and tobacco free event.

Gates open for parking at 9:00 pm on Friday, September 12.

For more information call 276-346-7714


September 11, 2001 was a changed day for many people.  I just wanted to remind everyone about the heros that we lost that day and to honor Patriot Day.

Continuous School Board

As a continuous to the Lee County School Board on Tuesday, September 10.

The Board approved the following items.

  • To recognize September as CHIARI Awareness Month.
  • Mountain Empire Hearing & Balance will be doing the hearing screening this year.
  • To limit substitute work to 30 hours per week with some exceptions to long term substitutes.

The changed coaching staff for the 2014-2015 year:

  • Chris Fee, boys basketball coach at Jonesville Middle School
  • Jeffrey Woodard, boys basketball coach at Jonesville Middle School

Continuous Jonesville Meeting

As a continuous from the Jonesville meeting on Monday, September 9.  The Council voted  on a Aggressive Pan Handling Law. 

These are only some of the regulation is unlawful soliciting a person

  • within 50 ft of any ATM
  • On Private property
  • within 50 ft of a church, court house, post office, school, cross walk or any public area
  •  intentionally coming up to someone without consent

This is a class 3 misdemeanor, and can be fined up to $500.00 per offense.

Also the town approved for closure of roads Janet Street and Gwendolyn Street.  The town will hold a public hearing soon to close the roads.

September School Board

The Lee County School Board held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00 pm.

September is Attendance Awareness month. For the month of August, Rose Hill has the highest percentage of attendance with 97.02% and Thomas Walker High School with 96.11%.

An Attendance Trophy will be passed around to the school with the highest percentage in attendance for that month.

The total enrollment of students is 3,148 and is down 24 students from June 2014.

As a report on Pennington Middle School, the damages are being repaired.  The windows are replaced and the workers for the roof started this week and will take about 3 weeks to complete.