2021-09-22 E-Edition

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DMME Begins Project on Former Scott Coal Mine

Work begins this month on a former coal surface mine to rid the site of public safety hazards left by mining. Environmental improvements will also be made on the former Case Coal permit on Shupe Branch in the Mabe community. Case Coal did not meet environmental requirements to operate in Virginia and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy […]

County Schools Post Lower Enrollment in 2021-22

Enrollment figures from Scott County Public Schools show a declining number of students in direct contrast to rumored spikes in new students. Scott County Division Superintendent John I. Ferguson noted that although rumors circulated throughout the county that lots of students from the nowclosed Sullivan North High School were headed to Scott County this fall, those new students never materialized. […]

GC Council Solicits Input on Proposed Housing Rehabilitation Project



The Gate City Town Council met last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of extending their housing rehabilitation project and amending the town code in order to recoup money fined for small crimes committed within the town limits. All five council members, Robin Richards, Allan ‘Cotton’ Roberts, Roger Cassell, Wallace Ross Jr. and Tyler Kilgore, along with Mayor Bob Richards were […]

Free Services

The Mendota Medical Clinic, located just across the Scott/Washington County Line, is offering free services to the public. They welcome insured, underinsured and uninsured patients to visit the facility where all services including labs are being provided at no charge. The clinic, located at 2534 Mendota Road in Mendota, is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Local Couple Celebrates 70th Wedding Anniversary



It’s Friday afternoon, and I’ve just come from the Stretch and Flex balance class at Great Body Company Fitness Center. Although I’m pooped, I’ll do my best to complete my weekly assignment of writing this column. Our instructor put us through the paces in class today, which was good. Maybe with my stale Tostitos and a coke on my desk […]

Teach me, Father,Extension Office to Host Food Preservation Workshop

On Thursday, Oct. 7, from 1-4 p.m., the Scott County Extension Office will be hosting a food preservation workshop at Mann Farms. The cost of this hands-on event is $10 which includes: live instruction demo walking you through the water bathing and pressure canning methods, educational materials, and two canned creations. Scholarships are available for this event. Participants are asked […]

Eight Regional Economic Development Projects to Receive Pilot Grants

Two weeks ago, eight new projects were announced by Gov. Ralph Northam and Congressman Morgan Griffith that received funding from Virginia’s Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization grant program. The program is administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and is designed to boost the local economies of Virginia’s coalfield region. The agency received $10 million in 2020 to […]

Farm Credit Launches On-Demand Learning Platform

The Farm Credit Knowledge Center announced the launch of their newest, free resource; an ondemand learning platform called the AgHub. The AgHub houses a host of educational portals, which provide curriculum covering an array of agricultural topics. “The Knowledge Center continues efforts to provide valuable learning opportunities and we are proud to offer this additional resource on the website,” noted […]

Quinn Minute – A Nine- Foot-Long Rodent?


A guy named Dan asks, ”Is it really true that scientists found a fossil of a nine-foot-long rat?” Dan, this report — like my first job application — is mostly true. Actually, the monster mouse measured nine feet long, many times the size of my gerbil Gerald. I asked Gerald what he knew. Gerald claims he’s heard about several rats […]