2022-05-25 E-Edition

Citizens Urge WC Council to Approve Hazardous Duty Benefit

Last week, the Weber City Town Council talk­ed about their proposed budget – a budget in which the police depart­ment and community members hope to see an increased benefits pack­age introduced for the department. The council met Tuesday night at the Weber City Town Hall, located behind the We­ber City branch of the Bank of Scott County. Mayor Chris Powers, […]

VDOT to Seek Comments on Project Pipeline for Hwy 23

Virginia Department of Transportation plans to hold an in-person cit­izen information meet­ing today for local folks to comment on changes to intersections along Highway 23 from the state line to the Wadlow Gap Highway intersec­tion. Beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. tonight at the Scott County Career & Tech­nical Center in Gate City, the public is invit­ed […]

Mountain Empire Transit Offers Fare-Free Service

Mountain Empire Transit announces its intention to offer fare- free service to all riders in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. MET will provide free transportation for at least the next four years with a commit­ment from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Mountain Empire Older Citizens Board of Directors. “The last few […]

Business Appreciation

The Scott County Chamber of Com­merce held its first business and in­dustry appreciation breakfast last Friday at the Gate City Unit­ed Methodist Church after an absence of two years. (Top) Rep­resentatives of East­man Credit Union enjoy the delicious breakfast provided by the good cooks (right) from the church.

Local High School Students Graduate from MECC

When Mountain Em­pire Community College held its annual gradua­tion ceremonies on Fri­day, May 13, the list included several Scott County high school stu­dents who were among the graduates. Sydney Vaughn, a senior at Gate City High School, was one of a handful of high school students who obtained an associate degree while still attending high school. Vaughn received an Associate […]

Owner of Drug Testing Lab Sentenced in Medicare Kickback Scheme

A Las Vegas, Nevada- based laboratory owner, who paid another lab owner to direct urine samples to his lab for testing and then billed the federal government for that testing, was sentenced last week to four months of house ar­rest and ordered to pay a total of $510,000 in forfeiture, restitution, and fines. Rakesh Reddy Koth­uru, 49, pled guilty in […]

Local Student Named to Alice Lloyd Dean’s List

Suzann Moore of Kingsport, Tenn. was named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Ky. The Dean’s List is an academic honor awarded to students taking fifteen credit hours or more, who achieved a semester GPA of 3.25-3.74 on a 4.0 scale. Moore is a freshman majoring in Sports and Fit­ness […]

Rix Quinn – Special Abilities

I’ve always been jealous of people who discover their talents early. There was this kid in my middle school class named Karen. She drew still nature scenes bet­ter than anybody. Any time the school needed pictures of flowers, vegetables, baked goods – or even background scenery for school plays – they called on Karen. Sadly, she left school because the […]

Museum to Host Walk

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park hosts a Wildflower Walk for National Trails Days on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The interpretative wildflower walk will begin at the front gate of the museum and travel around the Big Stone Gap Greenbelt Trail along the beautiful Powell River. Participants will learn how to iden­tify blooming wildflowers […]