Lane Family’s Impromptu Performance Enjoyed at NHC

And now, 2023. May this year be an especially good one for all our readers of “Thru the Gap.” All the best to each of you. I’m writing this today on Saturday, the last day of 2022. Seems to me like every day has been Saturday since Christmas day. Do you get confused that way? Last Tuesday, I was at […]


Fish and chicken dinner served with lots of fantastic sides, a large variety of homemade desserts and drinks is planned for Saturday, Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Boozy Creek Community Center, located at 1989 Shellys Road in Bristol. Music provided by Jim and Ann Gates, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Door prizes given away by Cathy Baker. For […]

In loving memory of a special son

December 29, 1978 – July 10, 2022 The day you left and gained your wings, my heart just broke in two. I wish you could have stayed with me, but Heaven needed you. You left me with the memories, and I love you dearly still. No matter how much time goes by, you know I always will. You were a […]

Rix Quinn – Attention Spans

Do people today really have shorter attention spans? Well, it appears that because multiple messages bombard us daily, we mentally “delete” those we don’t currently need. (This explains why some folks forget what they had for breakfast, or why I call so many of my friends “Pal.”) Latest reports – compiled by scientists who pay attention – set the average […]

Ruby Baker

Ruby Eileen Baker, 88, of Big Stone Gap, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 at NOVA Health and Rehab in Weber City after a brief period of declining health. She was born Jan. 27, 1934 in Lee County to the late Mary Rogers Webb. In addition to her mother, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Austin Eugene Baker […]

Louise M. Breeding

Louise McConnell Breeding, 93, passed away Friday, Dec. 30, 2022 after a period of declining health due to vascular dementia. She was born Dec. 1, 1929 in the Midway community of Scott County, to Victor L. Mc- Connell and Rosa M. Salyer. Her parents preceded her in death along with her brothers, Edward H. McConnell, Earl L. McConnell and Robert […]

R.B. Compton

Robert Berry ‘R.B.’ Compton Sr., 68, Fort Blackmore, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at Holston Valley Medical Center. R.B. was born April 11, 1954 in Fort Blackmore and was the son of the late Leland Beecher and Sallie Mae (Lane) Compton. He was employed as a chemical operator with Eastman Chemical, retiring in 2003 with over 25 years of […]

Patsy A. Darnell

Patsy A. Darnell, 79, of Gate City, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022 after an extended period of declining health. Patsy is the daughter of the late Canary Hammonds and Vadie Mc- David Hammonds. Other than her parents, she is preceded in death by several brothers and one sister. She attended Faith Bible Tabernacle. Her survivors include her husband, James […]

Rosa Farthing

Rosa Margaret Farthing passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2022 at her home in Kingsport, Tenn. at the age of 87. Originally from Southwest Virginia, she made her home in Kingsport for nearly 70 years. She was married to Paul Farthing who passed away on Dec. 26, 2014. Rosa was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church for more than 50 years, […]

Bobby D. McConnell

Bobby Daugherty McConnell, 91, Jacksonville, N.C., peacefully passed away at home on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, with his wife of over 65 years, Charlotte, his son, Kevin and daughter-in-law, Deborah at his side. He was born in a cabin on the family tobacco farm in Alley Valley, Scott County, Virginia on March 19, 1931, to Beechard C. and Esther McConnell, […]