Lee County Virginia Summer Feeding Program Ends

The Lee County Summer Feeding Program ends today until August 20th, 2020. They’ve decided to end the program now in order to give staff the opportunity to do year end and summer maintenance.

Lee County Public Hearing August 3,2020 on Sewer Rate Increase

On Monday afternoon, August 3rd,2020, the Lee County Public Service Authority will hold a Public Hearing at the Lee County Public Service Authority Office, which is located in Jonesville, Va at 397 Park Street.
This Public Hearing is in regards to a proposal by the Lee County Public Service Authority to increase sewer rates in the following manner:
All sewer customers, excluding the Town of Jonesville and the Lee County Federal Prison, will have a three percent increase on their bill. Sewer rates are being proposed to go into effect for the August 2020 billing cycle unless otherwise noted.
Individuals interested in additional information or of obtaining a copy of the Public Service Authority’s proposed schedule for rate increases, may do so by phoning Executive Director, Tracy Puckett at the Lee County Director’s Office at 276-346-7775.

Disaster Declaration Issued for Lee and Wise Counties Last Day

The U.S. Small Business Administration, the SBA has issued a disaster declaration for Bell, Harlan, and Whitley Counties, along with the seven contiguous counties; Clay, Know, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary and Perry, as well as the contiguous Tennessee counties of Campbell and Claiborne; and the contiguous counties of Lee and Wise Virginia. This declaration is due to damage caused by severe storms, flooding, flash flooding, landslides and mudslides from February 3-29,2020.
This SBA declaration makes homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations that suffered damage in those storms eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help with their uninsured or under-insured losses. Businesses of all sizes who suffered physical damages such as real estate, inventory, equipment, etc for businesses of all sizes. Economic Injury for small businesses and nonprofits such as working capital with no physical damages necessary.
However, the filing deadline is today July 31, 2020. Anyone who incurred damage and is needing assistance should file an application online at www.DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov before the deadline. These loans, intended to repair, rebuild and recover carry interest rates that can be as low as 1.563% for homeowners and renters, and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations, and 3.75% for businesses. Repayment terms can extend as long as thirty years if necessary to make recovery affordable.
For one on one assistance with applying you may phone Monday-Friday 1-470-363-5611 or 1-571-422-6078 or 1-571-422-7312.
You may also email any questions to FOCE-Help@sba.gov

2020-2021 Special Education Programs in Lee County

Right now, Lee County Public Schools are working towards identifying children with disabilities. Programs offering special education are available to Lee County residents with children identified as a child with a disability according to the Virginia Department of Education guidelines and fall between the following ages, such as children with a disability, whose second birthday falls on or before Septemeber 30th, 2020. Children with a disability who have not already graduated from a secondary school or have otherwise completed an approved Board of Education program, or those who have not reached their 22nd birthday either on or before September 30th, 2020.
The Lee County Special Education Programs for 2020-2021 are for children with the following: Autism, Blindness, Deaf, Developmentally Delayed, Emotional Disability, Hearing Impaired, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment or other health impairment.
If you’re aware of a child with any disability who is not being served, you are asked to please contact your nearest school or the Lee County Schools at 276-346-2107

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Accepting Applications

Locally in the news, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Patrol Officers. Qualifications for the position include, Law Enforcement Certification, please note that this is preferred but not actually required, applicants must be at least twenty-one years of age, with a high school diploma or GED, and they are also required to have a valid Virginia Drivers License.
Individuals interested in applying for this position, can pick up an application at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, located in Jonesville, Va. For additional information on this you may phone 276-346-7753.

Jonesville Town Council Part 2

At the recent Jonesville Town Council meeting, newly appointed Chief of Police Paul James provided some information regarding the department’s June activities. Chief James added that the department was currently coordinating their patrol schedule and are authorized to use radar for speed limit enforcement. Chief James went on to present and receive approval for a proposal to adopt better quality uniforms for the police department.
Superintendent Jimmy Cluesman related the information that everything in the Public Works Department is going well in regards to employees having recently painted the new handicapped accessible lavatories.
Mayor Jerry Harris, related the information of the Lee County Tumblers and Twirlers desire to utilize the American Legion Building for their classes each week. The Council considered and then approved the request, at a cost of $100 per month for usage of the building.
Moving on, Mayor Harris, went on to relate a discussion with LENOWISCO regarding information about a possible grant that would allow the installation of Wi-Fi in the parking lot across the street from the Lee County Courthouse in Jonesville. Harris did note that the Town would be responsible for electrical service, but that there would be no charges related to the installation of the service. The Jonesville Town Council agreed to the pursuit of additional information for the grant.
The Town Council then recessed until their next meeting, scheduled for August 10th, 2020 meeting at 5:30pm.

Stone Mountain Health Services COVID19 Testing Sites This Week

Stone Mountain Health Services is providing free COVID19 testing this week for the community that is available by appointment only. These tests will be provided free of charge on a first come first served basis by appointment only by phoning 276-299-1659. Remember you must phone ahead to reserve your test and get your appointment time at 276-299-1659.
The testing site for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 will be at the Appalachia Family Health Center in Appalachia, Virginia from 9am-4pm.
The following testing site will be Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the Western Lee County Health Clinic located in Ewing, Va from 8am-3pm.

Disaster Declaration Issued for Lee and Wise Counties

The U.S. Small Business Administration, the SBA has issued a disaster declaration for Bell, Harlan, and Whitley Counties, along with the seven contiguous counties; Clay, Know, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, McCreary and Perry, as well as the contiguous Tennessee counties of Campbell and Claiborne; and the contiguous counties of Lee and Wise Virginia. This declaration is due to damage caused by severe storms, flooding, flash flooding, landslides and mudslides from February 3-29,2020.
This SBA declaration makes homeowners, renters, businesses and nonprofit organizations that suffered damage in those storms eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help with their uninsured or under-insured losses. Businesses of all sizes who suffered physical damages such as real estate, inventory, equipment, etc for businesses of all sizes. Economic Injury for small businesses and nonprofits such as working capital with no physical damages necessary.
However, the filing deadline is July 31, 2020. Anyone who incurred damage and is needing assistance should file an application online at www.DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov before the deadline. These loans, intended to repair, rebuild and recover carry interest rates that can be as low as 1.563% for homeowners and renters, and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations, and 3.75% for businesses. Repayment terms can extend as long as thirty years if necessary to make recovery affordable.
For one on one assistance with applying you may phone Monday-Friday 1-470-363-5611 or 1-571-422-6078 or 1-571-422-7312.
You may also email any questions to FOCE-Help@sba.gov

Lee County School Bus CDL Classes

Beginning on July 27th, 2020 School Bus CDL classes will be offered at the Lee County Bus Shop in Jonesville from 6-9 pm. Participants are required to wear masks, and drug testing is a requirement. For additional information or to enroll, please phone 276-346-2218

Woodway Ruritan Scholarships Awarded

Recently the Woodway Ruritan Club proudly awarded two $500 scholarships. One scholarship went to Kandace Quillen, and the other went to Tyler Yeary for the 2019-2020 school year. Both winners are 2020 Lee County High School graduates.
Eddie Woodard, President of the Ruritan Club presented the winners their certificates and checks, along with well wishes of congratulations and successful future endeavors.
President Woodard went on to express gratitude, on behalf of the Ruritan Club, to the community at large for their continued support.