2022-01-19 E-Edition

Youngkin Promotes Unity, Agenda at Inauguration

Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn in Saturday as Virginia’s 74th governor on the steps of the state Capitol. The political newcomer and former private equity executive is the commonwealth’s first Republican governor since Bob McDonnell’s 2009 victory. The commonwealth also made history in electing Republicans Winsome Sears as lieutenant governor and Jason Miyares as attorney general. They are the first […]

Gate City Council Lowers Cigarette Tax After Public Input

Gate City officials revisited their previously approved cigarette tax and revised it to a lower rate after receiving some negative comments from local convenience store operators. At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Gate City Town Council, the council voted to introduce a newly reformed cigarette tax that appeared to find middle ground between their initial tax and that of one […]

Wadlow Gap Ruritan Reports Best Year in 2021

As a part of their annual tradition of helping needy families during the holiday season, Wadlow Gap Ruritan donated more than $90,000 in total to charities, organizations and programs throughout the community. And in order to assist those in need, they use funds provided through their Bingo operations to help the local community. In 2021, Wadlow Gap Ruritan’s annual Christmas […]

Dungannon Man Receives Nine-Year Prison Sentence

A Dungannon man, who plead guilty in November 2021 to eight counts involving indecent liberties with a child under 15 years old, was formally sentenced last Friday in Scott County Circuit Court. Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kyle B. Kilgore announced Monday morning that James E. ‘Jimbo’ Stidham Jr., 66, of Dungannon, was sentenced in Scott County Circuit Court on Friday, […]

Health District to Host Mobile Vaccine Clinics

The LENOWISCO Health District is planning a series of mobile vaccines clinics at convenient sites throughout the county to encourage residents to get their COVID vaccination or booster shots. Eight sites are planned to begin next week and continue through February at locations all over the county and appointments are not required. COVID vaccines are available for adults and children […]

Local Resident Named to Berea Dean’s List

Natasha Caldwell of Gate City has been named to the Fall 2021 Dean’s List at Berea College. A student is named to the Dean’s List who achieves a GPA of 3.4 or higher while passing at least four total credits, a course load equivalent to 16 semester hours. Berea College is distinctive in higher education. Offering bachelor’s degrees in 34 […]

An Appreciation of Music Reveals a Deeper Appreciation of Life

As I write this on Saturday afternoon, my thoughts are on what’s predicted to be a rather major winter blast in our area. Maybe with luck, we will get only a small dusting of snow. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. I went over to the Pickin’ Parlor this morning for the first time in about three weeks. Junior Hensley, Mike […]


Fish and chicken dinner served with lots of fantastic sides, a large variety of homemade desserts and drinks is planned for Saturday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Boozy Creek Community Center, located at 1989 Shellys Road in Bristol. Music provided by Danny Whited and Friends, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (276) 466-0026. The Scott […]

Food City Recognizes Associates for Outstanding Volunteerism

Food City is well-known for their superior customer service and vast community involvement within their operational areas. In keeping with their exemplary service standards, each year Food City recognizes outstanding volunteerism among their associates through their Claude P. Varney Volunteer Recognition Program. “As a company, we strive to maintain a high level of dedication to service, quality, value and community […]