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Richmond Swing

Local legislators headed to Richmond last week to lobby and visit with state delegates, state senators and other state leaders. While there, they also attended the Southwest Virginia Legislative Recep­tion held last Wednesday at the Library of Virginia. (Above) Three of the county’s five supervisors, Michael Brickey, Chris Maness and Stefanie Addington join Del. Terry Kilgore at the reception. Others […]

Animal Shelters, Rescue Groups to Benefit from ‘Pints for Paws’

Marsh Regional Blood Center is spread­ing the love to the region’s four-legged friends, with its annual Pints for Paws blood drive. Through Feb. 9, any­one who donates blood or platelets at one of Marsh Regional’s three blood centers will have the opportunity to also support local animal shelters and rescue groups. For every blood donation collected, Marsh Regional will do­nate […]

Education Coalition, Lawmakers Advocate for Increased Teacher Pay



An education coalition and lawmakers hosted a press conference on Friday to high­light legislative priorities, including teacher compensa­tion. Several bills to improve teacher pay are working through the General Assem­bly. Nearly three-quarters of Virginians recently surveyed think improving K-12 edu­cation should be among the top priorities of Gov. Glenn Youngkin and legislators, according to the Wason Cen­ter’s State of the […]

Home of the Brave

Old Glory proudly waves in the breeze in this scene from a farm in Wadlow Gap. The flag serves as a testament to the American spirit in spite of the early morning 20-degree weather and is the only bright spot of color in an otherwise gray day.

Legislators Expect Skill Games to be Regulated

Virginia skill games remain a hot topic in this year’s General Assembly as the games continue to flourish all over Southwest Virginia. During a Zoom meeting with local reporters on Monday afternoon, Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) and State Sen. Todd Pillion (R-Abingdon) noted that legislation to tax the games was proceeding through both chambers, with the Senate version (SB212) […]

GCHS Holds Holocaust Remembrance Day Event



Last Friday, two Gate City High School classes tuned in for an event in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which featured a Holocaust survivor’s harrowing story of her family’s persecution in Auschwitz. The event was held on Friday in honor of Jan. 27, 2024, being the 79th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the observation of the International Day […]

AppCAA Receives $25,000 Grant From Anthem HealthKeepers

Community leaders gathered last Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. at Highlands Community Church in Bris­tol for an annual community roundtable to review healthcare information for Southwest Virginia. During the meeting, Anthem HealthKeepers Plus presented $75,000 in community grants to Family Crisis Support Services in Norton and Appalachian Community Action & Development Agency, Inc., serving residents of Lee, Scott, and Wise […]

Worth The Walk

Jason Horton didn’t let the recent snowfall ruin his hiking schedule as he enjoyed the beauty and solitude of Little Stony Falls on Sunday in his photo he shared with us. The region’s beauty is all around us and is even more spectacular when blanketed with snow.

$1.15 Million Worth of Medical Debt Abolished for 1,168 County Residents

Nearly 1,200 resi­dents of Scott County were given a priceless gift last week when the medical debt that they had accumulated was paid off. The Secular Society, a non-profit corporation located in Blacksburg, recently purchased an additional $12.1 million medical debt for 14,434 Southwest Virginia citizens including 1,168 Scott County residents. Due to the action taken by the organization, the […]

Duffield Correspondent Passes Away at Age 88

A longtime corre­spondent who kept the news of her community as a lifeline for near and far away readers has passed away. Frances June Fan­non, who started writ­ing the Duffield News for weekly newspapers in Southwest Virginia including the Scott County Virginia Star, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024 at the age of 88. The daughter of the late of […]


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