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Heavy rains drench area
Apr 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Heavy, steady rains over the weekend drowned out community cleanups almost everywhere and the kayaking challenge on the Pound River. They swelled rivers and lakes, covered roads and neighborhoods from St. Paul to Big Stone Gap and closed and delayed schools Monday. The rains soaked prom gowns and...
Miners' health, pension action sought
by JEFF LESTER • NEWS EDITOR
Apr 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
Once again, time is about to run out on health and retirement benefits for nearly 23,000 former coal company employees. The most recent extension approved by Congress expires this week. Advocates are urging passage of the Miners Protection Act, which proposes a long-term solution to the problem. The legislation — S. 175 in the Senate and H.R. 179 in the House — was filed in January. It would transfer excess abandoned mine land reclamation funds to the United Mine Workers of America 1974 pension plan to prevent its insolvency. Also, the bill would make certain retirees who lose health care b...
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Central girls' tennis gets sweet victory over Gate City
by SAM DIXON • SPORTS EDITOR
Apr 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
NORTON — Victory tasted sweet and hard work paid off as the Central Lady Warriors smashed Gate City, 8-1, in a long-awaited tennis confrontation. For 11 months the eight seniors that comprise Centr...
Lady Raiders blank Castlewood in five
by RICHARD MEADE • SPORTS WRITER
Apr 26, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
NORTON — The J.I. Burton Lady Raiders blanked the Lady Blue Devils of Castlewood by a score of 10-0 in five innings Thursday at the softball field of Lawson Fitchko Stadium. It marked the third win...
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Fines to pay for new police car
by JENAY TATE • EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
Apr 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
POUND — With its fleet of police cars deteriorating quickly and getting more expensive to maintain, Town Council believes it has found the money to buy one new vehicle. Mayor and Interim Town Manag...
College gets role in hemp research
by JEFF LESTER • NEWS EDITOR
Apr 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
WISE — No, it’s not marijuana. No, it won’t get anybody high. Now that we’ve gotten those misconceptions out of the way, let’s talk about hemp. The plant has gotten a bad rap because, growing in th...
Cleanups move to 4/29
Apr 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Keep Wise County Beautiful’s annual Great American Cleanup event was scheduled for last weekend, but heavy rainstorms washed out all but two locations, St. Paul and Big Stone Gap. Events in other t...
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Get rid of old medicines
Apr 25, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend
Saturday, April 29 is the day to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of expired, unused, unwanted prescription medicines. The Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, the Appalachia...