Lee County Industrial Development Authority Meeting June 6th, 2019

The Lee County Industrial Development Authority will meet Thursday evening, June 6th at 6pm in the second floor conference room 208 at the Lee County Courthouse in Jonesville.

Pennington Gap Fire Department Accepting Bids

The Pennington Gap Fire Department is accepting bids for a new fire truck. Deadline for submitting bids is Friday afternoon, May 31st, 2019 at 4pm. For specifications, please contact Brian Skidmore at 276-546-1177 or brian.skidmore@townofpenningtonva.gov.

Lee County Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

The Lee County Board of Supervisors will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday evening, June 18, 2019 at 6pm in the General District Courtroom of the Lee County Courthouse. The purpose for this hearing is to garner public comment on the proposed abandonment of Route 9225, Ewing Elementary Road.
 

Patricia Stapleton Teacher of the Year

Thirty-two years in education and local teacher Patricia Stapleton announced recently that she has no plans to quit any time soon. Selected as Teacher of the Year for the school division 2018-2019 of Lee County Public Schools, Stapleton currently teaches civics in many grade levels at the Jonesville Middle School where she has been employed for the last twenty-seven years. Charlcia Jones, who earned both the District and Region 7 teacher honor in 2017-2018, presented the District Teacher of the Year award to Stapleton at the last School Board meeting.

Two Heroic Deputies

Two Scott Counties Deputies were officially recognized by Scott County Sheriff Chris Holder for Heroic Actions in Saving a Life while risking their own. The two heroic deputies were David Woody and Matthew Baker.

K9 Officer Semper Welcomed

Recently law enforcement also saw the introductions of the newest K9 Officer in Scott County for the Sheriff’s Department. K9 Officer Semper will be trained to track and apprehend suspects. He will also be able to locate narcotics. Officer Semper and his handler, Deputy John Gillenwater will undergo six weeks of training before heading out on patrol.

Angel M Gomez Arrested

A Scott County Deputy conducted a traffic stop near Food Lion. The driver known as Angel M Gomez had a defective tag light and was observed swerving between lanes. The Deputy noticed a box behind the driver’s seat for digital scales. Gomez advised the deputy that it wasn’t hers. In the driver’s door was a key chain which contained 8 baggies of Methamphetamine. Total estimated amount was 3 grams. In a cigarette pack was a baggie containing Subutex. In a passenger seat bag was some Marijuana and 2 sets of digital scales, several syringes, BB Gun/Pistol. Also Gomez had $75 in cash.
Gomez was placed under arrest and charged with Schedule I/II Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Distribute. Schedule III drug PWID Not Steroid, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell/Give/Distribute of less than ½ ounce and Possession of Controlled Paraphernalia.
 

Scott County Sheriff’s Office Warns Against Social Security & Law Enforcement Scam

Over in Scott County the Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a Social Security scam, along with one claiming to be law enforcement, that are happening locally. They caution anyone who receives a call no matter how official sounding it may be, that even if they provide you with a name and badge number or threaten you in some manner if you refuse to provide any type of verification that require your personal information to rectify, to not give it to them. Hang up and never give out your personal information such as Social Security, Bank Account, Credit Card or other personal and confidential information.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Warns Against Insurance Scams

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is again warning residents about an insurance scam that is ongoing locally. They caution anyone who receives a call about past due bills that require your personal information to rectify, to not give it to them. Hang up and call your local insurance agent if you want to, but never give out your personal information such as Social Security, Bank Account, Credit Card or other personal and confidential information.

Abandoned Mine Land Program Receives $10 Million Grant

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has recently given the Abandoned Mine Land Program, $10 million in grants for economic development projects in the southwest area of Virginia. These monies are expected to target outdoor recreation, manufacturing and agriculture, along with tourism. The plan is to accept applications later on this summer season.