Award Ceremony Highlights Local Law Enforcement Agencies

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia DMV, and the Virginia Highway Safety Office hosted an award ceremony highlighting law enforcement throughout our region. Among those gathered were those featured in the Local Heroes 2019 Campaign that focused on occupant protection, with each agency receiving a plaque to commemorate the “Heroes” who participated and to honor our law enforcement that enforce occupant protection on a daily basis.
Officers participated in a professional Public Service Video that has been aired on local television and social media sites. Representatives from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the Wise Police Department, the Virginia State Police, City of Norton Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Pennington Gap Police Department, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Grundy Police Department all attended the event.
 

Scott County Sheriff’s Office Announces Officer Semper Replaced by Officer Apache

In the latest K9 update from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, it was stated that Officer Semper had some issues with his “bite work” and the vendor Vohne Liche Kennels recommended he be retrained and then assigned to a different handler in the future. Additionally they said that the vendor was “gracious enough” to replace Semper with Apache. Officer Apache is a more expensive replacement due to his advanced training but Vohne Liche Kennels are offering Apache at the same price as Semper.
Officer Apache is a Belgium Tervuren and is expected to be ready to begin work this week. Those concerned about Semper will be glad to know that he will continue his training and go on to be an asset to another agency.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to accept donations for Deputy Apache. They’ve already received a few donations for which they are grateful. If you are interested in helping by a donation of any amount, you can drop off your donations at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. All donations will go directly to the fund for Officer Apache.
 

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Celebrate this Saturday by partaking of the festive Independance Day events for Pennington Gap with something for the entire family.

Tomorrow vendors can set up for free but phone 546-1177 for placement. Registration for the Greenway 5K Run begins at 8am with the race to start at 9am.

The Tennis Tournament is scheduled to begin at 9am and interested individuals are asked to show up thirty minutes prior. Then at 10am will be the start of the Co-ed 3 on 3 Basketball, Scavenger Hunt for the ATV Riders, Horseshoe Contest, Lee County Soccer Association and the Southwest Antique Tractor Association Tractor Show.

The Pool will be open from 10am-7pm with contests to be held from 2-3pm, inflatables will be available all day and the gates will also open at this time for ATV Racing. Then at 12noon will be the Cornhole Tournament at the Welcome Center lasting until 2:30pm, and the Liberty Cruise-In Car Show.

At 2pm will be the ATV Drag Race and Pool contests like Biggest Splash, Mello Yello Chug among them with prizes awarded. From 3-9pm they’ll have Bingo, Karaoke and Putt Putt. Beginning at 4pm will be Co-ed Volleyball with music on the stage at 5pm by Shellaina Ely slated to begin at 5pm and Kudzu Killers taking the stage at 6pm. Then Dressed to Kill will perform at 8pm, and the ATV Night Ride will depart from the Welcome Center at 9pm.

Lastly the big event, the 2019 4th of July Fireworks display with begin at 10pm.

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Today on the fourth of July, Spearhead Trails Stone Mountain ATV Trail three day pass will be on sale for $30 at the Welcome Center.
On the fifth of July, from 4-9pm will be the Test and Tune ATV Drag Race. From 6-8:30pm Lee Theatre in Pennington Gap will have the Woman’s Club Mister and Miss Liberty Pageant with an entry cost of $35. They’ll also have the pool open until 9:00pm with concessions available until 9:45pm. Then at 9:30pm will be the Movie in the Park at Leeman Field will be How to Train Your Dragon with popcorn. Spearhead Trails Stone Mountain ATV Trail three day pass will be on sale for $30 at the Welcome Center.
On the sixth of July vendors can set up for free but phone 546-1177 for placement. Registration for the Greenway 5K Run begins at 8am with the race to start at 9am.
For the tennis buffs, the Tennis Tournament is scheduled to begin at 9am and interested entrants are asked to show up thirty minutes prior. Then at 10am will be the start of the Co-ed 3 on 3 Basketball, Scavenger Hunt for the ATV Riders, Horseshoe Contest, Lee County Soccer Association and the Southwest Antique Tractor Association Tractor Show.
The Pool will be open from 10am-7pm with contests to be held from 2-3pm, and the gates will open at this time for ATV Racing.

Pennington Gap Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearing

The Pennington Gap Board of Zoning Appeals will conduct a Public Hearing on Thursday evening July 11th at 5pm in the Council Room of the Pennington Gap Municipal building located at 528 Industrial Drive. The purpose of this Public Hearing is to garner input on the request of Matthew Johnson's.
Mr. Johnson has applied for a variance to allow placement of a single wide mobile home on property that is located at Lot 109, 251 Beech Street in Pennington Gap.
Additional information is available by contacting the Town Manager/Zoning Administrator Keith Harless at 276-546-1177
 

Lee County School Resource Office Wanted

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for a School Resource Officer. Duties include the enforcement of State and County Laws, and working to increase the security of Lee County school children and school personnel among other duties.
This full time salaried position will be for the same hours as the school system and is contingent on both funding and actual job performance. Additional information including necessary requirements to qualify can be had by contacting the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 276-346-7753
 

RAM Event Huge Success

The recent RAM event in Wise County was a great success with more than 1,000 people receiving free health care service at the Fairgrounds. The value of Dental, Health and Vision services rendered by the RAM Clinic over the three day period was estimated at over $643,000.

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Additionally at the recent Lee County Board of Supervisors meetings more supplemental appropriations were approved for the Commissioner of Revenue in the amount of $2,850 for equipment via the Virginia Information Technologies Agency Grant. The Circuit Court Clerk for revenue received from the Virginia State Compensation Board in the amount of $709, to the Sheriff’s Office Golf Tournament in the amount of $1,460, for the purchase of van, a baler for recycled material and a skid steer used for re-cycling purposes to Litter Control in the amount of $44,950.

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At the recent Lee County Board of Supervisors meetings it was decided in favor for the proposed abandonment of a road in Ewing (Route 9225). This proposal was a holdover from their previous meeting.

The second item discussed at the meetings held prior to their regularly scheduled one, concerned the proposed budget for the next fiscal year which runs from July 1st of this year until June 30th of 2020. This proposed budget will then be voted on after a legally required seven day period. This budget will be voted on and is expected to be approved at their next meeting that is scheduled for June 27th.

The Board of Supervisors also voted on and approved the minutes of four meetings at that time. They also agreed upon and approved three refunds of taxes according to the documentation provided by Commissioner of Revenue, Chris Jones.
Lee County Treasurer Rita McCann’s report showed $5,698,544.78 in revenues and $6,329,829.80 in expenditures.

The Board of Supervisors then moved onto and approved the Disbursement of Bills along with Supplemental Appropriations in the amount of $255,887.37.

 

Norton Police Chief Enlists Aid from Virginia State Police

Now with a third sexual harassment allegation against football coach from John I. Burton High School Jim Adams, Norton City Police Chief James Lanes said that they have called the Virginia State Police in to help with the investigation. This case is the third student to make a complaint against Adams, and the fourth to involve Adams and a student.
According to Superintendent Gina Wohlford, Adams is still employed and at present he has not been asked nor required by the school division to perform his assigned duties.  Additionally, while it was recommended by Wohlford to not renew Adam’s coaching contract, he was indeed voted in to keep him as the high school’s football coach. Adams has since been transferred from John I. Burton to Norton Elementary and Middle School.
Adams had been investigated by the Norton Police and local Social Services Department last April, after it was reported that he had thrown a stapler at a male student along with an allegation that he had made inappropriate comments to a female student regarding her appearance. The third allegation claimed that he had struck another female student on the bottom with a rolled up piece of paper. In a recent school board meeting, two former students claimed that Adams had made inappropriate comments towards them while they were students in his classroom.
The male student declined not to file charges against Adams and the female student’s allegations were deemed as not “prosecutable”, although it was stated that his conduct was inappropriate.