2022-01-05 E-Edition


After wonderfully warm temperatures over the New Year’s weekend, wintry weather returned to the county with a light snowfall all over the region. With the mid-teen temperatures, we are reminded that it is indeed wintertime.

68 Indicted in Holiday Hookup Drug Sweep

Last week, local authorities began arresting 68 individuals that were indicted in mid-December. On Dec. 15, a special sitting of the Scott County Grand Jury found evidence to return indictments on 68 separate defendants on 284 counts related to drug distribution and possession. Last Tuesday, in a joint effort led by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police – […]

Minimum Wage Increase Included in New Laws Effective Jan. 1

As the new year begins, a number of bills passed by the Virginia General Assembly last year are now in effect in the Commonwealth. While many of the laws passed by the legislative body took effect July 1, others were delayed until Jan. 1. Minimum Wage Increase Virginia’s minimum wage goes from $9.50 per hour to $11 per hour on […]

$24.5 Million Grants Awarded in Community Flood Preparedness Grants

The LENOWISCO Planning District Commission is among 22 organizations that benefit from a federal program to reduce greenhouse gases. On Dec. 23, Gov. Ralph Northam announced $24.5 million in grants awarded from the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund, which is made possible with funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Thirty applications from 22 local government organizations will receive grants […]

Community Build

Boosted by a Kaboom grant written by Weber City Elementary School teacher Kandace Haigler, officials at the school held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday for the school’s new playground. According to principal Laura Pyne, the project was fortunate to have a lot of community support from local businesses, parents, staff and students, which included fund-raising and actually putting the […]

COVID Positivity Rate Increases to Nearly 26 Percent

After a low transmission rate for coronavirus cases of 3.2 percent in early June, the number of cases of COVID-19 has increased dramatically over the past few weeks. The level of community transmission in the week ending June 5, 2021 fell to an all-time low since the start of the pandemic and has rebounded significantly to land at 25.9 percent […]

Statement of Gov. Ralph S. Northam on COVID Case Numbers

The COVID case numbers are a reason for concern, but not a reason for panic. It’s important to understand why. We have all studied the “number of cases” for many months now, but this data point means something different today, compared to this time last year. One year ago, vaccines had just become available, so nearly no one had gotten […]

Extension Office to Host ‘Freezer Club’

Meal prepping has never been .so much fun! Join the Scott County Extension Office Jan. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. for the Scott County Freezer Club at the extension office (131 Military Lane, Gate City). Join your friends to assemble two meals that are 5-7 servings each. They’ll do the grocery shopping and you do the assembly. No cooking […]

Daily Walk

Words To Bless You by Kyle Akers Oct. 15, 2020 The pain will comeThe Rainbow tooSee the beautyThat God sends youThe sun will shineThe clouds are goneIt’s just for youYou sang your songWhat a dayGod made for youGo and enjoyIn all you doThe night will comeThe Stars will shineThe day will dawnIt’s all so fineThe day is goneThe night is […]