Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Lee County Board of Supervisors met Thursday May 14th to discuss a six-year secondary road construction plan. The budget for next year is set a $506,526. Residency Administrator for VDOT, Allen Sumpter, explained that only two roads are currently listed on the plan. Reconstruction for Friendship Hollow, State Route 656, is estimated to cost $550,418 while Dry Branch Road, State Route 668, is estimated at $3.4 million. Two hundred thirty thousand dollars has been set aside for rural additions throughout the county.

Lee County Administrator Dane Poe explained the issues caused by lack of funding after Deep Springs residents made a plea for a tar cover on State Route 809.

The board passed resolutions of support for 3 PSA projects, including the areas of Frog Level, Chances Branch, Thompson Settlement, and for Water System Emergency Generators. The board also approved a 3-year consulting contract for the CPA services of Hicok, Fern, and Company, as well as a 3-year contract for auditing services provided by Robinson, Farmer, Cox, and Associates of Blacksburg.

The board recessed until Thursday, May 28th at 5 p.m. when they will reconvene for a budget workshop.

Local Schools Receive VIP Awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education have announced the 2015 Virginia Index of Performance Awards, recognizing schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards. According to the Department of Education website, five schools in our area were awarded Distinguished Achievement Awards including St. Charles Elementary in Lee County and Central High, Coeburn Primary, Eastside High, and St. Paul Elementary in Wise County. These schools met all state and federal benchmarks and made progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.
Governor McAuliffe says, “These schools and divisions are laboratories for innovation that are preparing young Virginians to compete and succeed in a new Virginia economy. (He) congratulates the students, teachers, principals, and communities whose efforts have turned their schools into leader in training the workforce of the future.” He also encourages these schools to take time before the end of the school year to celebrate their accomplishment. For a complete list of awarded schools visit doe.virginia.gov.

County Expenditures and Farm Tours

The Lee County Board of Supervisors approved payment of county bills Thursday in excess of $130,000. This cost covered a broad range of expenditures, including repair and maintenance to the Thomas Walker Pool and local tourism advertising.

The Daniel Boone Soil and Water Conservation District along with the Lee County Extension Office will hold a pasture walk on Thursday May 28th at the Whitt Farm in Flatwoods. The walk will include demonstrations and information on weed control in pastures, as well as project developments. Refreshments will also be provided. To register, contact the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522 or the Daniel Boone Soil and Water Conservation District at 276-346-0501.

The Lee County Extension Office will also host a youth farm tour of farms in Lee County on June 12th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour is open to all youths 9 to 18 years of age. Cost is $25 per youth and includes transportation, snacks, and lunch. Space is limited so registration is required by June 5th. To register, contact the Lee County Extension Office at 276-346-1522.

Memorial Day, Diabetes Workshop, and Weekly Sports Schedule

The Jonesville Womens Club will be sponsoring a Memorial Day event at the Veterans’ Wall at Cumberland Bowl Park on Monday, May 25th at 10 a.m. The event will honor those who served and gave their lives for the country. Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

The Lee County Health Department will be offering free diabetes workshops throughout the year. The classes will educate those suffering from or giving care to individuals with diabetic complications. Future classes are as follows:

Nutrition Basics- June 9, Sept. 8, Oct. 27

Basics of Diabetes and Medications- June 2, Sept. 1, Nov. 3

Eat Smart, Change Your Lifestyle- June 23, Sept. 22, Nov. 10

Glucose Control, Activity, and Stress- June 16, Sept. 15, Nov. 17

All classes run from 1-3 p.m. To register, contact Lee County Health Department at 276-346-2011.

Lee County Sports this week include:

Monday

Tennis- Lee Boys vs. John Battle- away

Lee Girls vs. John Battle- home

Softball- TW vs. John Battle- home

Tuesday

Softball- TW vs. Rye Cove- away

Baseball- TW vs. Rye Cove- away

Soccer- Lee vs. Grundy

Wednesday

Track- Clinch Mountain Conference- Virginia High

Thursday

Baseball- TW vs. Lee High- TW

Soccer- Lee vs. KACHEA- home

RAM

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and Remote Area Medical (RAM) will be having its clinic on June 6 and 7.

 No veterinary services will be available during the 2015 event at LMU.

The Tex Turner Arena parking lot will open at midnight and numbers will begin to be distributed at 3 a.m. The clinic will open at 6 a.m. each day. All services are rendered on a first-come, first-served basis, with no eligibility requirements. Patients are encouraged to arrive early (by 3:30 am), be prepared for inclement weather and long waits and bring snacks and drinks to last throughout the day. Patients who are unable to stand for long periods of time are encouraged to bring a lawn chair with them.

The patient entrance will be located at the lower level of Tex Turner Arena, which is behind the building. The lower level parking lot will be reserved for event staff and handicapped parking only. All other parking will be in the upper parking lot; shuttle buses will run from that lot to the patient entrance throughout the weekend.

A variety of free services will be rendered at LMU:

• Medical services will include specialist exams, osteopathic manipulations, diabetes screenings and education, cholesterol screenings, pulmonary function testing, pap smears, breast exams and medication assistance.

• Dental cleanings, fillings and extractions will be performed onsite.

• Vision services include complete eye exam with eyeglasses to be made on site, as time and supplies permit.

For more information about services available at the LMU RAM expedition call 423-869-7162. For more information about RAM, go to www.RAMusa.org.

School Board

As a continuous to Lee County School Board Meeting on Tuesday,

Sheriff Gary Parsons presented to the Council about the new Drug Kits that are available to parents who want to privately drug test their children at home. The kits are available at Lee High School and Thomas Walker, also at the Sheriff's Office.

Parsons also stated that since the bomb threats that occurred at Pennington Middle at the beginning of the 2015 year. FBI has been investigating and a search warrant has been done on a boy from Oklahoma that has made contact with Pennington Middle School from a personal computer and is unofficially connected to the bomb threats.

For the enrollment, there are 3,100 students at the end of April. Down 82 students from this time last year.

The made the following approvals:

Renewed contract with Tri-State Chemical janitorial supplies for 2015-2016 year

Renewed contract with Wright Pest Elimination Contract.

Approved the Head Start Field trips

 

School Board meeting

Lee County School Board held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 pm.

The Council recognited many students at the meeting. FCCLA presented about their recent state competition. 13 students competed at the state competition with 7 students continuing to Nationals in Washington DC in July.

School highest percentage for the month of April: 1st- Elk Knob, 95.6%, 2nd-Elydale, 95.2%

The Council presented Teacher of the Year from each school :

Dryden-Jim Myers

ElK Knob-Robin Marcum

Elydale-Jessica Wumbrum

Flatwood-Lora Rouse

Head Start- Crystal Willis

Jonesville Middle- Rorsharron Belvins

LCCTC-Crystal Ely

Lee High- Joy Mcknight

Pennington Middle-Jan Copeland, Jane Haines

RoseHill-Mark Long

St. Charles-Shelia Mitchell

Thomas Walker- Mark Carouso

Division Teacher of the Year- St. Charles- Shelia Mitchell

Grocery Store Owners

The owners of a grocery store in Lee County was arrested on multiple drug-related charges.

After investigating the grocery store for about a year, the Lee County Sheriff's Office recently did a search warrant on Kelly's Grocery,  13991 St. Route 606 in Keokee, Virginia.

During the search of the grocery store, officers found narcotics, multiple weapons including a stolen gun, a large number of tools and a "significant" amount of cash, according to a press release.

The owners William Boone Kelly, 44, and Laura Kelly, 49, were both charged with owning or maintaining a house of nuisance involving drugs, possession of schedule two narcotics with intent to sell and possession of a firearm while distributing illegal narcotics.

Both are being held in Duffied Regional Jail without bond.

Lee County Commonwealth Attorney Stacy Muncy went along with officers while they served the search warrant and made the decision to seize the grocery store. The reason was because the building was being used for drug distribution and as a criminal enterprise. It has been sealed off and forfeiture proceedings are coming.

Soccer sign ups

The Lee County Soccer Association will be having another sign up day for the summer soccer program.

President Linda Ruppel stated that due  to much interest in summer soccer it was decided to try and have it this summer.

However it will be held at Pennington Middle School at the old baseball field.

Cost will be 25.00 for each child.

Next sign up day will be May 16th from 10am-2pm at Leeman Field

Meetings

The Lee County Board of Supervisors will having their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 14 at 5:00 pm at the Lee County Courthouse in Jonesville.

At this meeting will be a public hearing to discuss the rezoning request by Galaxy Land Company.

The Lee county Hospital Authority's commissioners will have their meeting on Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 pm at the Community Center in Pennington Gap.

The Virginia Deportment of Transportation (VDOT) and the Board of Supervisors will have a joint public hearing on Thursday, May 14 at 4:00 pm in the General District Courtroom at the Courthouse in Jonesville.  The hearing is to discuss the proposed Secondary Six-Year plan for the fiscal years 2015/16 through 2020/21 in Lee County and on the secondary system construction budget for the fiscal year 2015/16.

Copies of the budget is availabel in the office of Lee County Administrator located in Room 111 of the Lee County Courthouse