Mountain Empire Community College Is Getting Over 300 Thousand Dollars For A Smart Farming Program. The Program Will Offer Drone Training For Unmanned Use In Agriculture. The New Courses Will Allow The College To Offer The First Unmanned Aerial Systems Associate Degree In Virginia’s Community College System.
A Loan For Over One Million Dollars Has Been Closed For Carbon Research And Development To Locate In The Graphene Research Center At The Lonesome Pine Regional Business And Technology Park. The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Funds Will Be Used To Finance Equipment And Other Improvements. The Center Hopes Within Five Years To Have 35 Full Time Employees. You Can Learn More About The Project By Visiting XPHENE.COM
Demolition Work Is Underway On The Former St. Mary’s Hospital In Norton Virginia. The Facility Was Used As A Mental Health Facility Up Until The 1990’s Before It Closed.
A Russell County Virginia Woman Who Was Indicted On And Pled Guilty To 24 Felony Child Pornography-Related Charges Has Been Sentenced. A Circuit Court Judge Ordered 34 Year Old Angela Dowell-Wilson Serve 23 Months In Prison.
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Virginia Is Hosting A Statewide Tornado Drill Tuesday march 19th At 9:45am. A Test Alert Will Be Sent To Weather Radios As Well As Local TV & Radio Stations. If The Test Has To Be Rescheduled For Any Reason, It Will Take Place Wednesday At The Same Time.
RICHMOND – The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has scheduled a public hearing in Norton, on May 23, 2019, to receive public comment in a case involving a fuel rate increase requested by Kentucky Utilities Company, doing business in Virginia as Old Dominion Power Company. The fuel rate is the portion of the electric bill that pays for the cost of fuel used to generate electricity and power purchased from other utilities and power producers. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the City of Norton Municipal Building, 628 Virginia Avenue N.W. The hearing will resume in Richmond on June 12, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. The hearing will be held in the SCC’s courtroom on the second floor of the Tyler Building, 1300 East Main Street in downtown Richmond. Persons wishing to comment at either hearing should arrive early and notify the SCC bailiff. The revised fuel rate of 2.643 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) will go into effect on an interim basis beginning on April 1, 2019. The proposed fuel rate represents an increase of $4.03 per month for a residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month. Written comments on the request are due June 5, 2019, and may be sent to the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission’s Document Control Center, P.O. Box 2118, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2118. Please refer to case number PUR-2019-00029. People desiring to submit comments electronically may do so via the SCC’s website at scc.virginia.gov/case. Click on the “Public Comments/Notices” link, find the comment box for case number PUR-2019-00029, and hit the “Submit Comments” button.
Big Stone Gap, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will honor the late Dr. Brownie Edward Polly, Jr. and Barbara Creasy Polly at the annual Hall of Honor Gala on Saturday evening, April 13, 2019.
The gala theme is “Bow Ties and Broadway,” and proceeds from the event will create the Dr. Brownie and Barbara Polly Cultural and Humanities Endowment at MECC, which will support student and community events that promote the preservation and continuation of Southwest Virginia’s unique cultural heritage while also exposing the region to varied cultural and historical mediums. Events will include the John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival, MECC’s Mountain Music School, the Home Craft Days Festival, the Slemp Art Gallery, programming specifically for student and community veterans, as well as other guest speakers that will contribute to the enrichment of students and varying audiences. In addition, the endowment will support scholarships for students enrolling in music or arts-related coursework.
Mistress of Ceremonies for the Hall of Honor Gala will be noted Big Stone Gap author, Adriana Trigiani.
The evening will begin with a reception in the Slemp Commons of Phillips-Taylor Hall at 6 p.m., followed by a full-course buffet dinner in the Goodloe Center at 6:45 p.m. A short recognition program will follow dinner and precede the musical entertainment of the evening, a concert by John and Mary K Wilson.
The Pollys will be recognized for their leadership and service to the region in cultural and civic affairs in Big Stone Gap and in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Big Stone Gap Music Study Club, Barbara was instrumental in the production of annual Broadway musicals utilizing only local talent. In 1964, she became involved in the new outdoor musical drama in Big Stone Gap based on John fox, Jr.’s novel, “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.” She played the lead role of June Tolliver for the first five seasons. That began a lifelong relationship with the drama and its parent organization, Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts. In 1970, when John Fox, Jr.’s sister passed away at the family home in Big Stone Gap, Barbara negotiated the purchase of the home and created the John Fox, Jr. House and Museum. To help pay the mortgage and defray expenses, the Fox House went into the dining business with Barbara and other volunteers providing private dinners.
In 1967, after failed attempts by others to charter a Cub Scout pack, Barbara successfully helped to re-charter a Cub Scout pack in Big Stone Gap. She remained involved in scouting for 18 years as a Den Mother and a scouting leader, eventually receiving the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award in scouting. The Cub Scout pack continues today.
Barbara was certified to teach high school, and in 1977 she returned to teaching at Powell Valley High School, where she taught English and instructed the One Act Play team for the next two years. She left teaching and began selling real estate, eventually becoming a broker. She was Realtor of the Year in 1999 for the Southwest Virginia Association of Realtors.
Brownie was Valedictorian of his Big Stone Gap High School graduating class, and was quarterback of the football team. He was a founding board member of Lonesome Pine Hospital, and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Three Star Wellmont Hall of Fame in 2001. He was named to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia in 1970, and also served on the boards of Clinch Valley College (now UVa-Wise) and Mountain Empire Community College. He also served on the board of directors of the Wise County Mental Health Association and was a member of the Big Stone Gap Kiwanis Club for 68 years, serving as President, and being named Kiwanian of the Year. In his later years, he enjoyed delivering meals for Meals on Wheels. He coached Little League Baseball and Peanut Football. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap, serving on a number of committees. In addition, he served the people of Wise County for 42 years in his dental practice.
Brownie was an avid sports fan, golfer, and bird hunter. He was a diehard University of Tennessee football fan and Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. He also enjoyed grouse hunting on Black Mountain. He was a past president of Lonesome Pine Country Club.
Gala tickets and event sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call or e-mail Jeri Bledsoe in the MECC Foundation office, 276-523-2400, extension 287, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the MECC Foundation website online at http://www.meccfoundation.org/mecc-foundation-gala/. Tickets are $75 each. Sponsorships start at $500.
If you have questions, or need additional information about the event, please contact Jeri Bledsoe in the MECC Foundation Office at 276-523-2400, extension 287, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
C.H. "Chuck" Slemp, III, Commonwealth's Attorney for Wise County & the City of Norton, announced today the launch of a coordinated effort in Southwest Virginia to raise awareness and reduce underage drinking, called "Project Sticker Shock."