Byline Archive: From staff reports

Apr 10 2014

Library to Host ‘Big Read’ Activities

As part of an annual event held to encourage reading to all ages, the Scott County Public Library hosts numerous events this month to highlight their participation in The Big Read. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read in Scott …

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Apr 10 2014

School Board Sets Graduation Dates

Last week’s spring break enjoyed by county student and teachers alike was the result of a unique plan that allows Scott County to make up missed days in quicker fashion. Scott County Division Superintendent John Ferguson explained that he gave some options to the board to consider at their last meeting that would allow the …

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Jan 31 2014

Virginia Legislators, Businessmen Oppose Proposed EPA Regulations

Some Virginia legislators publicly announced their opposition to proposed EPA regulations that would limit carbon emissions at newly-built coal-fired power plants. At a press conference held yesterday, a group of Virginia legislators released a letter signed by 85 members of the Virginia General Assembly to President Barack Obama that expressed their opposition to the Environmental …

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Jan 22 2014

Gate City Town Council Fires Police Chief

  Gate City officials went behind closed doors on Thursday afternoon for approximately 30 minutes before they unanimously voted to fire Kim Birchfield as the town’s chief of police. The special-called meeting was scheduled and local media was not notified of the special meeting until hours after it ended. Town officials reportedly placed a notice …

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Nov 07 2013

GC to Hold Annual Veterans Day Event

Gate City officials plan to honor local veterans who served their country with their annual Veterans Day Celebration. Planned for Monday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at Grogan Park, the public is invited to join the event to help pay tribute to local veterans for their service to our country and remember those who paid …

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Nov 07 2013

Johnson Lawsuit Settled Before Nov. 5 Trial Date

A settlement was reached shortly before the trial of Dr. Kellie Johnson v. Scott County School Board and four members of the board school was slated to begin in U.S. Federal Court in Big Stone Gap. United States District Judge James P. Jones signed the final order in the case on Oct. 28 in which …

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Oct 04 2013

Renovated Bush Mill is Focus of 2013 Festival

When Valentine Bush reconstructed a mill on Amos Branch in 1896 with assistance from his sons, Stephen and William and W.T. Frazier, he probably didn’t realize that the family’s livelihood would still be in operation 117 years later. The celebration of Bush Mill and its recent renovation will be highlighted at the 2013 Bush Mill …

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Oct 04 2013

Rec Dept. Receives $75,000 Grant

When it comes to improving the quality of life in Scott County, the Department of Parks and Recreation works tirelessly to make improvements in the county’s parks and along the waterways. Last week, the county’s recreation department received a $75,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant to resurface the three tennis courts, improve the walking …

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Jul 03 2013

Hiltons Bridge Re-Opens to Public

A bridge that spans the North Fork of the Holston River in the Hiltons on Route 58 has been replaced and is now open to vehicles. And even though the project wasn’t expected to be completed until later this month, officials with the Virginia Department of Transportation are happy to report it finished ahead of …

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May 01 2013

County’s Early Chancery Records Available Online

When he first ran for elected office in 1999, Mark ‘Bo’ Taylor vowed to computerize and modernize the office he sought – the circuit court clerk’s office. After he was elected he was introduced to a unique partnership offered through the Library of Virginia, who agreed to transform early chancery causes in the county’s history …

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