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Apr 18 2013

Debating the Math on Education Funding

During the General Assembly’s 2013 session, state legislators debated how much to spend on public education. But has education funding been going up or down? It depends on whom you ask. Democratic politicians and the Virginia Education Association say funding for the commonwealth’s public schools is at its lowest level since 2008. Gov. Bob McDonnell …

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Apr 18 2013

Jennings Returns to Lead County’s 911 Office

She has been involved in law enforcement in one capacity or another since 1980 and now heads up the county’s 911 office. Janice Jennings, or as most know her ‘Tutti,’ has been on the job as the Scott County 911 Director for five months during which she has handle some difficult situations. Her first job …

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Apr 10 2013

Virginia State Police Investigate Crashes Following Tuesday Afternoon Traffic Pursuit

Two Virginia State Police troopers continue to recover tonight after being injured in a pursuit Tuesday afternoon (April 9) in Scott County. Virginia Senior Trooper J.C. (Jamie) Lawson remains in serious condition at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. Virginia Senior Trooper B.K. (Brian) Hubbard has been treated and released from Wellmont Holston …

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Mar 20 2013

The Crooked Road Promotes Harmony Not Discord

On an icy day in January 2003, a small group of volunteers from throughout Southwest Virginia sat around a pot-bellied stove at the Carter Family Fold and planned The Crooked Road. Lunch was prepared and a fervent blessing said by Jeanette Carter. The Crooked Road has always been, and continues to be, about the traditional …

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Mar 20 2013

State Parks Introduce ‘Tree-mendous Adventure’ Geocaching Program

New for 2013, Virginia State Parks is introducing the statewide geocaching program, “Tree-mendous Adventure,” with a focus on identifying Virginia trees. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where a GPS unit is used to find hidden containers (geocaches) in various locations. Geocaching combines technology with good old-fashioned outdoor fun. The basics are simple: a …

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Mar 20 2013

The Crooked Road Promotes Harmony Not Discord

On an icy day in January 2003, a small group of volunteers from throughout Southwest Virginia sat around a pot-bellied stove at the Carter Family Fold and planned The Crooked Road. Lunch was prepared and a fervent blessing said by Jeanette Carter. The Crooked Road has always been, and continues to be, about the traditional …

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Feb 20 2013

Hicks’ Friday Night Jams Receives Scott County Tourism Award

Allen Hicks Friday Night Jams recently received the Scott County Tourism Customer Service Appreciation Award. “Allen was recognized for his continued efforts to keep old-time traditional music alive by creating a new venue where pickers can gather every Friday night,” said Pam Cox, director of tourism, Scott County.  “This new venue additionally brings visitors to …

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Feb 20 2013

Texting While Driving Bill Goes to Governor

Legislation cracking down on texting while driving is only Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature away from become law after passing the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 1907, proposed by Delegate Rich Anderson, R-Woodbridge, would change texting while driving from a secondary offense to a primary offense. (Currently, you can be charged with texting while driving only …

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Feb 06 2013

GC Officials Mull $69,000 Shortfall

Gate City officials deferred taking action on repaying a nearly $70,000 amount over budget on the town’s recent water line improvements. At the meeting held Thursday in the Gate City Town Hall Auditorium, members of the Gate City Town Council discussed options available to them that would allow the town to repay a $69,256 shortfall …

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Feb 06 2013

Governor Announces Creation of Rural Jobs Council

Group to Establish an Economic and Infrastructure Policy Plan for Rural Virginia Last Thursday, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the membership of his newly created Rural Jobs Council. This Council will build upon the success of the Governor’s Commission on Job Creation and Economic Development and continue the Administration’s focus on Virginia’s rural communities. On Jan. …

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