Byline Archive: From staff reports

Sep 03 2014

Scott Students Make New Gains on Mathematics SOLs

Student achievement improved during 2013-2014 on challenging mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests first introduced three years ago, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported last week. Scott County student followed the statewide trend in mathematics tests by posting a 4 point passing rate division-wide. Seventy-nine percent passed the updated mathematics tests in the county. …

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Jul 09 2014

Trio Indicted on Murder Charges

A Gray, Tenn. couple and a Jonesborough, Tenn. man involved in a brutal murder that occurred in late May 2010 were indicted June 23 by the Scott County Grand Jury for their roles in the death of Natasha Gross Collins, 21, of Johnson City, Tenn. John Person Purcell, 46, AKA Tony Purcell and his wife, …

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Jul 02 2014

Operators of Brian Center Indicted on Racketeering Charges

Avi Klein, Alicia Dietrich, Charles Menten and Vickie Cox All Face Federal Racketeering Charges A Federal Grand Jury in the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke has charged four individuals with a variety of Federal crimes, including racketeering [RICO], relating to the operation of a Weber City skilled nursing facility. In an indictment returned June …

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May 28 2014

GC Kicks Off King Alley Music Venue

Gate City officials are hoping to encourage current and former residents to head downtown for a new musical series that officially begins this Saturday. In an effort to showcase their downtown revitalization efforts and spur economic development, the new concert series tabbed “Kickin Back at King Alley” kicks off May 31 and continues each Friday …

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May 02 2014

Friday Night Concert to Benefit Two-Year-Old’s Medical Needs

A benefit concert slated for Friday night at the Scott County Lifesaving Crew Bingo Building will assist a local family in need. Two-year-old Mia Taylor, the daughter of Jeff and Tina Taylor of Yuma, is scheduled to have a bone marrow transplant in late May at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And their friends are …

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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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