Same sex couples can adopt

Last week the U.S Supreme Court declined to hear appeals about same sex marriage.
With this ruling, the Department of Social Services says same-sex spouses can now adopt children in Virginia.
A federal judge and the U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals ruled Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional earlier this year.
Governor Terry McAuiffe states that All Virginias ahould be treated equally under all of our laws, no matter who they love.
Adoptions for same-sex couples can begin immediately

Spearhead Trails

The second trail system in Southwest Virginia was opened in Pocahontas, VA.
The Spearhead Trail opened on Friday October 10 with a ceremony at Pocahontas Exhibition Mine in Pocahontas.
The new system includes more than 30 miles of trails for all-terrain and off-highway vehicles.
Another 20 to 30 miles of trails will be added next year.

CPR Class

American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR Class will be held at 6:00 PM Tuesday
(October 14, 2014) at the Pennington Rescue Squad on N. Kentucky Street in Pennington Gap.
Please PM if you plan to attend.
Lee Rescue Squad

football 10-10

Eastside 40, Rye Cove 0

Gate City 48, Virginia High 13

George Wythe at Northwood, ppd., Oct. 13

Haysi 54, Thomas Walker 6

J.I. Burton 27, Castlewood 8

Union 33, Lee 30

Wise Central at John Battle, ppd.

Honaker at Clintwood, 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 11


Jonesville Mayor resigned

The Town of Jonesville Mayor Marilyn Humfleet resigned unexpectedly on Thursday morning October 9th. 

Vice Mayor Jim Ewing stated that the Town Lawyer has the paper work in his hands to talk to the Judge about the next steps for mayor.

Humfleet did not give any reasons just left a note stating her resignation on 10-9-14.

Continuous to public hearing

As a continuous to the hospital public hearing that was on Wednesday, October 8.

Many people stated that Lee County was a place that many individuals decided to come back to the area to retire.

Michael James, Director of Industrial Development Authority, stated that Lee County is a great place to retire and Lee County has a higher average of senior citizens who would need to have access to a hospital.

Sheriff Gary Parsons stated that the local volunteer EMS services have seen a financial strain since the closing of the hospital.  Due to the extra travel times, EMS is not able to get access to all of the emergency calls but they are doing their best to reach more people.

Many other people spoke about their personal situations about not having a hospital and asking to say yes for a hospital in Lee County.

Drs. Jai and Chanda Varandani Retirement

In a press release Drs. Jai and Chanda Varandani have announced their retirement.

Dr. Varandani and Associates has been purchased by Appalachian Regional Healthcare located in Harlan, Ky. They will continue treating patients until the end of October and Appalachian Regional Healthcare will begin services on Monday, November 3.

Appalachian Regional plans to provide extended office hours to offer specialty services to the community.

The Drs. would like to thank the community for the last 34 years of service.


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…

Mining accident

A mining accident at the Tinsley Branch Mine on Tuesday, October 7 is leaving one dead.

Justin M. Mize, 31, Harrogate, TN was working on a right-side highwall miner cutter when the chain broke within a 68-foot-deep hole. Mize was attempting to retrieve the chain when he was struck by a rock.
The current controller of the mine is Cox Enterprises; L.C. Management. Tinsley Branch is a surface mine operation.

Hospital Public Hearing

The public hearing for the hospital was on October 8 at 7:00 pm.

There was a great turnout from Lee County residents, over 400 people showed up and 47 people signed up to speak. 

The hospital is proposed to be a critical access hospital. This hearing is a step to show The Virginia Department of Health that Lee County needs a hospital. 

Tom Clark- Commissioner on the Lee County Hospital Authority stated some facts about the need for Lee County.  Two things are needed to have a Critical Access Hospital. 1) Be the only hospital for 35 miles. 2) Live in mountainous terrain, with inclement weather, the miles are reduced to 15 miles.

Clark also The Hospital Authority is working very closely with Wellmont to transfer to Lee County in the next possible 45-60 days.

A decision will be made by the Virginia Department of Health on December 8, 2014