2023-07-19 E-Edition

SCTC Cuts Ribbon on Newest FTTP Project

Scott County Telephone Cooperative celebrated with state and local officials last Wednesday at a midmorning ribbon cutting ceremony at LENOWISCO District Planning Commission in Duffield. The cause for the celebration was the receipt of nearly $22.2 million in funds through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI). Wednesday’s grant award is the third influx of […]

BOS Approves Easement for Devil’s Fork Campground

It was a short and sweet meeting last week for the Scott County Board of Supervisors who met a week later than normal and at a later time. The board voted at the June 28 meeting to delay their July meeting by one week and start at 1 p.m. to allow board members to attend a planned ribboncutting ceremony for […]

Railroad Day 2023

A family walks along the railroad track through the famous Natural Tunnel known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by during Saturday’s annual Railroad Day. The event is a partnership between the park and Norfolk Southern Railroad to give visitors an opportunity to see the tunnel from the inside. The chairlift wasbusy all day long as visitors rode down […]

School Board Updates Salary Scale, Coaches List

Last Tuesday, the Scott County School Board met for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting where they approve final changes to their salary scale including a 5 percent raise for teachers as well as official coaches lists for 2023-24. The board met at the Scott County Career and Technical Center at 6:30 p.m. and included Assistant Superintendent Jason Smith and board […]

North Tazewell Man Sentenced for Possessing Firearms, Explosive Devices

A North Tazewell man, who possessed seven firearms, over 100 rounds of ammuni­tion, an explosive deto­nator and a destructive device, was sentenced this week to 57 months in federal prison. Timothy Wader Mitchell Jr., 45, pleaded guilty in August 2022 to one count of posses­sion of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of an explosive […]

4-H to Sponsor Sewing Day Camp

Youth interested in learning how to use a sew­ing machine or how to sew by hand should attend the Scott County 4-H Sewing Day Camp. The event is set for Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Scott County Farm Bureau office in Gate City. During the day camp, youth will make two proj­ects to take […]

USDA Announces $21 Million Investment to Help Lower Energy Costs for Farmers, Rural Business Ownersthe

Renewable energy systems like wind and solar may soon be with­in reach for more Vir­ginia farmers and rural businesses, thanks to new technical assis­tance grants being of­fered through U.S. De­partment of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Develop­ment. “We are in a unique position to make cli­mate smart invest­ments in Virginia’s ru­ral infrastructure that will create new econom­ic opportunities and reduce greenhouse gas […]

In Celebration of America’s 250 Anniversary

The summer of 1773 was really hot in the Massachusetts Colony. Royal Gov. Thomas Hutchison had for some time been referring to Sam Adams as “the principal incendiary” or “the grand incendiary.” There was talk that Hutchison had called for him to be deported or decapitated. Adams, writing for the colony’s Committee of Correspondence, made weekly accusations regarding the perfidy […]

Stallard to Perform at Spaghetti Supper on July 28

The humidity this Friday makes me think I’m in the deep South. It’s pretty uncomfortable outside, so thank goodness for air conditioning. Last Wednesday, I was in a medical office in Kingsport for an appointment with a hematologist. The lobby was crowded with others who were there for doctors’ visits. I saw Jim Bishop and his wife Loretta when I […]