This year’s Miss Wise Fall Fling event is being held virtually, with all proceeds to benefit PAWS of Southwest Virginia. The entry fee for this $35 with the entire amount to be donated to PAWS of Southwest Virginia. All contestants will receive sashes, tiaras and a trophies. Division winners will be awarded a large crown, sash, trophy and a $100 registration fee paid to next Summer’s Amerifest Festival Pageants. Prizes will be available for pickup at the Norton Glass Slipper, or they can be mailed to winners. For additional information and to apply online to compete in the event, visit www.misswisefallfling.net.
Jeremy Mallory age 42 of Big Stone Gap, Va, was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for his role in a plot to distribute more than 500 grams of Methamphetamine into southwest Virginia. Mallory pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute the illegal street drug in both Lee and Wise Counties, over a three year time span that began in 2016. Mallory was among those nabbed during a cooperative effort between counties that in addition to him, resulted in the arrest of twenty-one others in a much larger drug distribution sting.
Recently a former inmate at the United States Penitentiary located in Lee County was sentenced for his participation in the introduction of heroin and buprenophine into the prison. Sentenced to eight years, in an Abingdon Court, Tylan Lucas, age 38 was found guilty of charged of Conspiracy and Possession with Intent to Distribute drugs into the Lee County Penitentiary. Lucas’ co-defendant, Shauntae Crummer received a three year sentence.
According to college spokesperson Kathy Still, the infected UVA at Wise employee, along with four additional employees who had been in contact with the person, all remain isolated at home in quarantine. Still reminded everyone to continue to comply with the University’s Health and Safety Guidelines which follow government regulations.
Still went on to add that no other positive results had been reported at the time of this recording, although there were a few students who had tested positive before they were able to arrive at campus and remained quarantined at home. Adding that once the students have been cleared by the Virginia Department of Health they would be able to attend college on campus.
In nearby Wise County, Big Stone Gap man, 31 year old Joshua Blake Smith was recently charged with Second Degree Murder, Abduction, Solicitation of Another to Conceal a Dead Body, and numerous other charges. The ongoing case in under investigation by the Big Stone Gap Police Department and at this time, no additional information has been released.
Today is the last day of the 2020 season for the Norton Friends and Farmer’s Market due to the recently increasing COVID19 cases. Today is the last opportunity to spend your tokens. All customers are reminded and encouraged to spend any remaining tokens they might have by the end of today as the 2020 tokens will not be redeemable past today’s date. For anyone with questions, please contact Friends and Farmer’s Market Managers Katie Dunn at 679-1160, or Michelle Knox at 679-0754.
Once again the Lord is moving on your community radio station, tune in beginning September 14th and lasting until September 25th from 4-5pm each weekday expecting a miracle. Join your brothers and sisters for this movement and add your prayers for Revival to spread across our nation. That’s September 14-25, 2020 from 4-5pm weekdays on WSWV AM1570 and FM101.9
Stone Mountain Health Services will again be offering COVID19 testing for Stone Mountain Health Service patients and the community in general at the following locations, at the times and dates listed. This testing will be performed by appointment only, and on a first come first serve basis. To reserve your required appointment time and test, please phone 276-299-1659.
The first COVID19 testing site will be at the Western Lee County Health Clinic in Ewing, Va from 9am-3pm on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020.
The second testing site will be held on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at the Haysi Clinic in Haysi, Va from 12:30-2:30 pm.
The Lee County School Board has called a Special Called meeting today at 6 p.m. at the School Board Office. The meeting is being held to discuss and consider action to amend the current educational plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Specifically, the School Board will be considering an extension of the current remote learning until Friday, September 11 and a change to more in-person instruction on Monday, September 14. The proposed change is that students in grades PK-7 will attend daily Monday through Thursday and students in grades 8-12 will continue attending in their current A or B group. The A group will attend on Monday and Tuesday and B group will attend on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will be a designated remote-learning day. Each in-person day will continue be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Jonesville Rocks will be hosting an “Our Kids” Block Party at Cumberland Bowl Park on Saturday from 11am until 1pm. This community celebration will share “blessings” with children in our county. This will be a drive through event at the park with families receiving a variety of school supplies, snacks and more from the many donations received. Some of the items include treat bags and a painted rock from Jonesville Rocks and also books and crafts. Lee County Walk-4-Autism will be among the many volunteers at the event along with Appalachia Community In Action, along with some local churches. Children must be in a vehicle to participate and the event will be rain or shine. For more information on “Our Kids” Block Party at Cumberland Bowl Park on Saturday from 11am until 1pm, call PACE at 276-971-7818 or you can find a link to Jonesville Rocks on our webpage.