2022-07-20 E-Edition

Falling Prices

Gas prices in Weber City have fallen gradually over the past two weeks with a new low price of $3.80 per gallon at two of the stations yesterday morning. It’s a welcome relief to all travelers as they hope the prices continue to decline.

Weber City Officers Resign Positions, Take New Positions in Big Stone Gap

July 9 was the last day for two Weber City police officers, leaving the department with only two officers to serve the town. Weber City Police Chief Matt Bishop and Officer Austin Hensley served their final days on duty Saturday, July 9 for the Weber City Police Department fol­lowing the acceptance of their resignations by the council two weeks ago. […]

School Board Approves New Coaches at Gate City, Rye Cove

At the July 7 school board meeting, the Scott County School Board accepted resigna­tions, approved new em­ployees and approved the assigned coaching lists for all three high schools in the county. The board met Thurs­day, July 7 for their regularly scheduled meeting, deviating from the first Tuesday of the month regular schedule due to the proximity of Independence Day. The […]

Tunnel Day

Natural Tunnel State Park welcomed visitors to its 10th annual Tun­nel Day last Saturday. Despite the extremely hot and humid weather, loads of folks enjoyed the opportunity and access to the tunnel itself. Youngsters in particular delighted in learning about train travel in the early days of the county, riding the chairlift and finding the perfect rock near the mouth […]

GC Council Discusses Uses for New ARPA Funding


Despite a consensus a week earlier to apply for Industrial Revitaliza­tion Funds (IRF), Gate City officials decided to pass on applying this year due to a lack of available buildings. At last Tuesday’s meeting of the Gate City Town Council, the board also discussed possible uses for their second round of Ameri­can Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. All five council […]

Weber City Chooses Fletcher as Acting Police Chief

Last Tuesday, the Weber City Town Coun­cil met for a special- called meeting to name an acting police chief following the resigna­tion of their former chief. The council met at the Weber City Town Hall, located on the floor above the Weber City Police Department, at 6 p.m. to discuss the matter. The meeting included Mayor Chris Powers, Town Attor­ney […]

Scott County Completes DRIVE 2.0 Tourism Campaign

On July 18, Gov. Glenn Youngkin an­nounced that 27 Vir­ginia communities will launch new tourism programs intended to bolster local economies. These programs and plans were developed through Virginia Tour­ism Corporation’s (VTC) DRIVE 2.0 State Tour­ism Plan Implementa­tion Workshops, where community stakehold­ers focus on developing or enhancing tourism promotion, product de­velopment, and advo­cacy strategies, includ­ing specific action steps, success factors, […]

Local Couples Celebrate 50-Plus Years of ‘Wedded Bliss’

Hope all of our read­ers of “Thru the Gap” are having a good sum­mer and are coping with the hot weather. I hear people say these ex­treme hot days are their favorite time of year. I’m not sure I could ever be convinced to agree with that statement. Maybe we should just take the advice of an unknown author who […]

Food City Hosts Campaign to Aid Buchanan County

In the wake of the devastation caused by the recent flooding in Buchanan County, Food City is teaming up with United Way of South­west Virginia and local media partners to host a fundraising campaign to benefit flood relief ef­forts. Food City has pledged a $10,000 contribution to kick off the drive. “The lives of many of our friends and neigh­bors […]