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Rising costs: Proposal hikes taxes, water rate
by KATIE DUNN • Staff Writer
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
WISE — Council next month is slated to adopt a 2015-16 spending plan that includes three tax increases and a 15 percent water/sewer rate hike. No one spoke at a public hearing Tuesday concerning the proposed budget. Council is expected to adopt the budget at its June 23 meeting. Next year’s gener...
Flirtey sees opportunity in local skies
by JENAY TATE • Editor & Publisher
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
WISE — A drone technology startup company on the leading edge of how to put unmanned aerial vehicles into commercial play has sensors tuned to Wise County. Flirtey co-founders and Australians Matthew Sweeny, CEO, and Tom Bass, COO, already have been on the ground — and in the air — here, networking, examining opportunities and getting the lay of the land. They will be back for more work this summer. The two established their drone delivery service company in Australia in 2013 — the first one ever, Forbes magazine says — and since have established a U.S. home for Flirtey in Reno. They are pa...
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Redemption: Gavin takes gold in 400 at 2A West Regional
by KEVIN MAYS • Sports Editor
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
BRISTOL — Jay Gavin’s first event in Wednesday’s Group 2A Western Regional Track and Field Championships did not go the way he wanted it too. So, the Union junior stepped up his game for his other ...
Pitcher perfect: Burton’s Cole throws perfect game in thrashing of Thomas Walker
by KEVIN MAYS • Sports Editor
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
NORTON — J.I. Burton’s Tiffany Cole tossed her first no-hitter in style Tuesday. The Burton ace threw a five-inning perfect game and got plenty of offensive help as the Lady Raiders (13-8) took a 2...
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Mountains of attraction
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The High Knob recreation area, viewed from the observation tower, is the best-known local attraction for people who love mountains. But a recent state agency decision could hinder tourists’ search ...
Storm-damaged library reopens
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
After more than three months of being shut down, the Coeburn Community Library will hold a reopening celebration Monday, June 1. The facility was heavily damaged by mid-February snowstorms that bro...
School board starts search; Perry reflects
by KATIE DUNN • Staff Writer
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
WISE — The search for a new Wise County schools superintendent has begun. The county school board met May 19 to discuss filling the position, which Jeff Perry is leaving next month. Perry was recen...
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May 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
The Clinch Coalition leads an overnight hike along one of Southwest Virginia’s premier hiking trails the first weekend of June. The hike will cover the 19-mile Chief Benge Scout Trail and the Littl...
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