Public Hearing on Stickleyville Precinct Polling Place

The Lee County Board of Supervisors will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. in the General District Courtroom of the Lee County Courthouse located in Jonesville, Virginia. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to take public comment on a proposed amendment to the Ordinance establishing the boundary lines of election districts, boundary lines of election precincts, and polling places for each precinct in the County of Lee, Virginia. If adopted, the amendment will make the following change to the Stickleyville Precinct polling place:
The Stickleyville Precinct Polling Place will move from its current location at the Stickleyville Fire Department, 137 Sage Mountain Rd. to the former Stickleyville Elementary School building, 46727 Wilderness Road. A copy of the full ordinance is available in the County Administration Office, Room 111, Lee County Courthouse and the General Registrar’s Office, 133 School Board Place, Jonesville, Virginia. For further information, please contact Dane Poe, County Administrator, at (276) 346-7714 or the General Registrar’s Office at (276) 346-7780.

Authorities Warn of Stolen New Holland 565 Square Hay Baler

Area authorities are cautioning everyone to be on the lookout for someone attempting to see a stolen New Holland 565 Square Hay Baler. The baler was taken from a barn on Possum Creek Road in the Yuma community and last seen being pulled by a full sized white pick up truck. Anyone with any information on this is asked to please contact the Scott County Police Department at 276-386-1351 or your local police department.
You may also visit their social media page to view pictures of the suspected vehicle and perhaps help to identify the culprits involved.

New Tax Increases Now in Effect in Virginia

According to the Virginia Department of Taxation’s Press Release, several new state and local taxes went into effect on July 1,2020. These tax laws, which the Virginia General Assembly enacted during their 2019 and 2020 sessions, include changes to taxes on tobacco products.
Some of the newest of these changes include:
Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Increase: Begun July 1st, the tax rate has doubled for cigarettes and other tobacco products currently subject to the tax. The tax on a pack of cigarettes increased from thirty cents to sixty cents per pack.
Liquid Nicotine Subject to Tobacco Products Tax: The new rate of taxation for liquid nicotine products is 6.6 cents per milliliter on sale of purchases on or after July 1, 2020.
For a complete list of all new 2020 state and local tax laws, you can view the Virginia Tax 2020 Legislative Summary online.

Affordable Housing Projects Awarded $10.3 Million

Northam announced better than $10.3 million project for ASNH or Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for more than a dozen projects across the Commonwealth of Virginia. These projects are intended to either create new or preserve almost eight hundred affordable housing units for low-income and very low-income Virginians. The support will utilized more than $180 million in additional funds from, federal, local, private and state resources.

SWVA Renters and People Inc.

Renters in Southwest Virginia may be able to get some financial assistance from the non-profit group People Inc. People Inc. plan to help more than a hundred families in the southwest Virginia region with rental assistance. This assistance will be provided to households that qualify, who have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The rental assistance would be paid directly to the landlords of qualifying individuals. Those interested in applying for financial assistance from People Inc., may do so by visiting www.DHCD.VIRGINIA.GOV/RMRP.

Ballad Health COVID19 Hospitalizations Increasing

According to the latest Press Release from Ballad Health Officials concerning hospitilizations for Coronavirus patients in the Tri-cities area. Jamie Swift, the Director of Infection Prevention for Ballad Health, cites that their hospital system had twenty one cases last week. This was their highest number for any week since the beginning of the COVID19 Pandemic commencement nearly four months ago. These cases spread randomly throughout the community and Director Swift is concerned about this Fall when the COVID19 and Flu Season combine.

County of Lee Public Hearing on CDBG Grant

The County of Lee will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., in the General District Courtroom of the Lee County Courthouse, Jonesville, VA to solicit public input on a proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for the Lee County Small Business Recovery Assistance project. The proposed project will involve the capitalization of a grant program to help local businesses meet their long term business goals by adjusting to COVID-19 demands, in accordance with the Governor’s guidance.
A draft CDBG proposal or fact sheet will be available for comment along with information on projected beneficiaries, benefit to low- and moderate-income residents, and plans to minimize displacement. Citizens will also be given an opportunity to comment on Lee County’s past use of CDBG funds. For additional information, contact Dane Poe, County Administrator, at (276) 346-7714.

Stone Mountain Health Services COVID19 Testing

Stone Mountain Health Services is offering free COVID19 testing for the community by appointment only. These tests will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Patients are required to phone 276-299-1659 to reserve their testing time and make an appointment.
Testing on Tuesday, July 14th will be held from 8am-4pm at the Western Lee County Health Clinic in Ewing, Va.
Testing on Wednesday, July 15th will be held from 8am-4pm at the Jonesville Family Life Center in Jonesville, Va.

Wise County Planning Commission Meeting

Wise County Planning Commission will hold their next regularly scheduled meeting at the Wise County Schools Education Center, Conference Room A located on Lake Street in Wise, at 5pm next Monday evening July 13th,2020.

Lee County Public Schools Jump Start Summer School

Lee County Public Schools will conduct a Jump Start Summer School beginning Monday July 20th and lasting thru Thursday, July 30th from 9am-1pm each day. The goal is to reinforce skills and fill in potential learning gaps from the shortened school year, with a focus on students who have been identified of anticipated instructional needs, however all students are welcome to attend.
There is no charge for this program and transportation is available. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Interested individuals should contact your child’s school to enroll them in the Jump Start Progam and alert them to your transportation needs.